Tuesday, 22 May 2012
University of Leicester Funds French Burka Ban Research
Apparently, after interviewing Muslim women, they discovered such facts as it makes them feel like "criminals" and fosters a feeling of "otherness".
As if strutting down the street in an all over body coffin when the rest of the populace reveal their faces isn't fostering that feeling of "otherness" to begin with.
"In light of my interviews with veiled Muslim women, I am confident that the French veil ban is a ‘trigger’ event which has led to increased levels of anti-Muslim hostility towards women who wear the face veil – the most visual symbol of Islam in the West"
"The veil ban policy is a clear manifestation of Islamophobia. The veil ban is not a ‘religious-blind’ piece of legislation; rather it attacks ‘Islam’ through the religious code of dress for Muslim women"
These are the findings of one Irene Zempi, leader of the study.
Also interviewed was a Muslim who moved to Britain to escape the ban on the veil in France. Perhaps there is something in banning it if it makes them flee elsewhere.
All of the usual buzzwords. It's Islamophobic to expect Muslims to do what the rest of society in the West does, namely reveal their faces.
I've made no secret of the fact that I oppose a ban on veils, that just panders to the idiocy that if we can make them dress like us then they'll think like us and be like us. That won't happen whatever they wear.
Quite what relevance investigating the French ban has to our interests to warrant University of Leicester funding is another matter though. Our politicians aren't going to ban the veil no matter what, it's a non issue here in the UK. The gutless lot we have just asks Islam what it demands and then complies.
Apparently Irene Zempi will argue that the banning of the veil gives a fertile ground for anti-muslim hate crime at a seminar this week. Another usual chestnut, Islam can do what it likes because any measure against Islam flouting the standards which apply to everyone else might promote hate crimes.
It really is a ring fenced religion. It can do what it likes, say a word and accuracy, or the behaviour of the rest of society, doesn't come into it. It may create prejudice, so best leave Islam to have its own way on every issue.
"She is uncovering alarming amounts of prejudice suffered by veiled Muslim women, but her work will hopefully help to increase understanding of this problem and thereby challenge these prejudices" says Jon Garlan, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and co-supervisor to Irene Zempi's project.
Better the University of Leicester funded research into Muslim grooming and rape of white children, or Muslims flouting all laws and standards of the host society whenever it suits them. Instead, we get the usual PC rubbish. Muslims can do what they like, it's prejudiced to say otherwise - it's always the same.
They could have saved the money on this one. When you interview Muslims regarding banning the veil then the findings are already known, especially when the research is conducted by those obsessed with proving prejudice.