Skip to comments.Theodorw Dalrymple: Wrong from Head to Toe - A ridiculous and ominous decision in Britain
Posted on 04/08/2005 10:44:33 AM PDT by quidnunc
In the long annals of judicial stupidity, there can rarely have been a more idiotic judgment than that recently given by Lord Justice Brooke of the British Court of Appeal. It reads like the suicide note not of a country alone, but of an entire civilization.
A young Muslim girl, Shabina Begum, who attended a state school in Luton, England, four-fifths of whose pupils were Muslim, started a legal battle when she was 13 to be allowed the jilbab, a form of dress that leaves only her face and hands exposed. She was almost certainly put up to this by her older brother, a supporter of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a Muslim party that seeks to establish a Muslim world state, that believes democracy is blasphemy, and that denies that the Western citizenship of Muslims is real or meaningful, or confers any privileges or imposes any duties.
The school in question had, in fact, worked out a dress code for Muslim girls that satisfied almost everyone. It was extremely accommodating: Various forms of modest dress were allowed, including certain types of scarf. But, after two years of accepting the dress code, Shabina Begum suddenly started to appear in her jilbab. The school demanded that she go home and change into a costume that accorded with the dress code, but she refused. Eventually she brought a case, supported and possibly funded by the Hizb ut-Tahrir, under the U.K.s Human Rights Act. She claimed that the school was denying her right to an education.
She lost the case, and also an appeal, but won at the last hurdle. The Guardian reported that after her victory, she said she could scream with happiness.
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Well this is just about the damnedest case of political pandering, butt kissing, and back scratching I have evere heard about
The same sort of accomodation had been worked out for many years in Thailand, where all schools require all students tow wear the same modest uniform. This is not acceptable to the Muslims in the Sout since the Saudi funded Ponah schools started some 5 years ago. Now all Muslim schools teach only the Koran and Arabic. The Islamists, when they are not busy killing Buddhists, are busy burning public schools. Britian should be able to see their future in this. Muslims are only 4% of the general population in Thailand and are only majority in 3 provinces out of 74. Yet, almost 1,000 people have now died.
Canada and USA can also see their futures of conflict unless the line is drawn. Islamists meet reasonableness with radical perversity.
Sounds like some of the idiotic judicial decisions made here in the US.
What's the problem? Looks fine to me. A school girl should be able to dress like the picture.
I do not understand why there is a rule against dressing MORE modestly than everyone else. What's the problem?
Should the school betelling the girl how to dress, and overriding family members telling her how to dress? I don't know about the brother, but the parents should be able to tell a minor how to dress.
The school in question, like many British schools, has a school uniform.
The veil for Muslim women is a relatively recent institution and is as much a political statement as an expression of religious modesty.
Recent? This type of women's headress was common in England, farther back than recently. See
10th and 11th Century Clothing in England
That makes no sense at all because England wasn't a Muslim country.
The custom of protective clothing for Muslim women had largely died out until the Islamist revolution in Iran in the '70s when it was revived as a sign of opposition to Western values.
There's no real seperation between religion and politics. The two are intertwined.