Your Opinion

Over the last week or so there has been a lot of media comment about the dress codes adopted by certain cultures within the Islamic code,

Specifically this has come about because “Boris” likened women wearing the Niqab to letterboxes and bank robbers.

The media have picked up on that, and added the Burqa (which totally covers the face) as a mode of dress to question.

In Lancaster the Burqa is seen fairly rarely, but the Niqab is quite common.

I would be interested to hear the opinions of people in our community on the degree of acceptability of the Niqab.

1). If you had an interview with your child’s schoolteacher, who was wearing a Niqab – Would you feel comfortable?

2). If you were to be treated by a Doctor/Nurse or Consultant, wearing a Niqab, would you be comfortable?

3). If a person wearing a Niqab collapsed on the street, and you were a qualified first responder would you know how to approach resuscitation?

You can simply enter Yes or No in the comments box, or go into more detail.

We are a rural community who have little contact with ethnic minorities. In a sense that makes us special because we have no developed, pro or anti, prejudices. Therefore it is my belief that our view is important.

John Keegan

4 thoughts on “Your Opinion”

  1. I think it is important to realise that clothing matters, that’s why we don’t attend weddings in tracksuits, or funerals in shorts. When people choose to or are made to cover their faces they are saying, “I don’t want you to see my face”. A more anti social statement is hard to find.

    When we communicate with people on a daily basis we read much from their facial expressions, eye movement, smiles, and frowns, this is made impossible when individuals cover their faces. I must admit it makes me feel nervous.

    I believe in an individuals liberty and freedom to choose, so long as their liberty does not effect others. I’m afraid that when an individual’s face is covered it can, and often does make members of the public feel uneasy.

    The answers to your questions are all three NO, but regarding treating someone wearing a Niqab, I think that saving the person would be more important than anything else.

  2. Great questions JK.

    Interesting to see that no women’s rights campaigners have openly supported removal on this clothing as it oppresses women’s rights or; may be it does not in their eyes and they are all happy to wear it. This would differ from my experience when working and living around the country as I see the way many Muslim women are openly oppressed by their husbands, and, apparently that is OK as they are wearing a burqa or Niqab.

    What people do in their own home is up to them however as MN states when interacting with other people we need to see faces. I was always taught that if a person did not look at you when you are speaking with them then you should never trust them.

    I do think the banning of the burqa in public is very worthy of a debate as the fact that it is not a requirement of religion was known to many including myself.

    As for your questions then three ‘no’s from me.

    On a lighter note imagine if we tried to make Mrs K or Mrs B wear these; I think we would be worried about our rights however it would save a fortune on clothes!!!

  3. The following is an exchange of emails that I have had with our MP, David Morris:

    Dear Mr Keegan,

    Thank you for your email. Your comments have been noted.

    Yours sincerely

    David Morris MP
    Morecambe and Lunesdale
    House of Commons
    SW1A 0AA

    Tel: 0207 219 7234
    01524 841225

    From: John Keegan []
    Sent: 11 August 2018 19:41
    To: MORRIS, David
    Subject: Boris Johnson – Niqab and Burqa

    I feel that Boris Johnson’s article in the Telegraph accurately represents the views of the average voter, Conservative or otherwise.

    It is stretching credulity to infer that there was anything derogatory in the observations which he made.

    Corbyn’s minions want this to escalate so as to cover the anti Semitism faultlines in the Labour Party.

    Don’t let them get away with it.

    John Keegan
    5 Loyne Park
    Lancs LA6 2NL
    Tel: 015242 73052

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