Comments:Western Australian court to set precedent on the burqa

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Lessons from history001:18, 21 August 2010
A cultural issue going to far821:13, 20 August 2010
Comments from feedback form - "when in Rome do as the Romans ..."023:32, 12 August 2010

Lessons from history


It's official, Islamaphobia has replaced anti-semitism as the populist hate dogma of the 21st century.

Congratulations humanity, You learn well! (talk)01:17, 21 August 2010

A cultural issue going to far

That is what this is, I hope for the future that we can look past our cultural differences and actually see one another's faces. (talk)08:34, 9 August 2010

When a government attempts to arbitrarily impose the social norms of the dominant culture against the will of a culturally distinct minority, it has gone too far. In a truly free country people should be allowed to choose what to wear in a courtroom and practice their religion without fear of persecution.

HaroldWilson'sWar (talk)21:44, 9 August 2010

It is hardly persecuation to ask to see the face of someone when weighing up their honesty for the first (and probably only) time.

This is not a simple case, and there are very strong arguments to be placed by both sides.

Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs)22:34, 9 August 2010

I agree! it is an issue of national security, for all we know it could be another witness underneath a burqa!! (talk)11:40, 11 August 2010

If a woman was in Saudi Arabia or some other islamic country, she'd be expected to cover up - western woman respect that when they travel to such places - why then are we so easy going when it comes to our own culture?

On a side note: Michelle Obama had to wear a modesty veil when visiting the POPE...

westerners respect other people's culture, why dont they respect ours?

BKCW8 talk06:28, 12 August 2010

I'm afraid your argument is fallacious, as the situations are not as parallel as you have characterised them to be: It is against the religion of conservative muslim women to expose their faces in public. Correct me if I'm wrong- but while it may be uncomfortable culture shock, it is not contrary to the religions of most "Westerners" - to use an imprecise blanket term that encompasses a variety of religions and cultures- to conceal their faces when visiting a country with conservative Islamic standards of modesty - a crucial difference. Therefore it is not simply a matter of respecting the culture of the host nation, but a matter of the individual being forced to engage in what she believes is sacrilegious behaviour.

HaroldWilson'sWar (talk)21:48, 12 August 2010

Comments from feedback form - "when in Rome do as the Romans ..."

when in Rome do as the Romans do! (talk)23:32, 12 August 2010