My PC alarm is broken..
Due to a hectic day at college and afterward, I was not able to update the blog yesterday. My apologies. I was half-tempted to go straight to bed, but a story caught my eye today that just screamed at me. And hell, I bloody well screamed back.
Straw's veil comments spark anger
Oh, come on. I suggest you read the entire article and you'll see what I mean by those three words.
It seems these days that when people mention a "shady" subject - ethnicity, religion, etc - people's PC alarms go off and they find something to complain about without even bothering to read what's actually being said. Let's look into this particular gem a little.
Asking women to consider showing the mouths and noses could lead to true "face-to-face" conversations with constituents, enabling him to "see what the other person means, and not just hear what they say".
So what's wrong with this exactly? Straw isn't saying that the full veil is a bad or offensive thing, simply that it's easier to read a person's intentions when they speak when the full face can be shown. And this is true! It is much easier! You'll also notice..
The Blackburn MP says the veil is a "visible statement of separation and of difference" and he asks women visiting his surgery to consider removing it.
The man didn't hold them at gunpoint and ask them to remove the veils. Nor did he say they had to be removed. He simply asked them to consider it as a means for easier communication.
Now, the PC alarms begin to go off..
It was "astonishing" that Mr Straw chose to "selectively discriminate on the basis of religion", said Massoud Shadjareh, chairman of the Islamic Human Rights Commission.
Oh, shut up, you idiot. Selectively discriminate? You've got to be kidding me. This sentence in particular I read with open mouth. Where is the discrimination here? Being politely asked to remove a veil, with no obligation, for better community relations with an MP? Ooh, call the discrimination police. Also..
Halima Hussain, from civil liberties group the Muslim Public Affairs Committee, asked BBC News 24: "Who is Jack Straw to comment on negative symbols within a religion that is not his own?"
Ridiculous. Negative symbols? The man is simply trying to provide better relations with him and his community. What's wrong with that? Remind yourself, the man is not demanding that the veils be removed.
But the Muslim Council of Britain said it should be up to women to decide.
So stop with this ridiculous PC nonsense and let's start reading the implications, not just the letter, of these requests before we all start blowing our tops.