Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Why Can't We Wear Burqas to the Shops in ,Cytolerant' Society?

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Why Can't We Wear Burqas to the Shops in ,Cytolerant' Society?

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IS it just me or does everyone work pretty hard not to judge people by the way they look?

The burqa debate was re-ignited this week after a witness in a Perth court case asked to wear full Muslim headdress while giving evidence before a jury.

When asked for a response, politicians were divided. Tony Abbott said he finds the burqa confronting and wishes fewer people wore it.

Member for Wide Bay, Nationals leader Warren Truss, says he is getting used to women wearing burqas in public and reckons other Australians are too.

For mine, I reckon those among us not getting used to the idea of religious tolerance should try harder. Christian, Muslim, atheist alike.

The French government has voted for a partial banning of the burqa, with similar laws pending in Belgium, Spain and Italy. I think voters in all those countries should be very careful what they wish for.

Government should never tell people what they can and can't wear.

I'm not a big fan of people who shave their head and cover it in tattoos because they think it looks tough but I don't think there should be a law against it.

I think kids who grow their fringe over their face and then constantly flick their head to get it out of the way look stupid, but I'm not thinking of calling the police.

For better or worse, we've all got the right to wear exactly what the hell we like and we'd be very foolish to mess with that.

I can hardly believe we're having the debate.

For the record, I'm no fan of the burqa either. I'm not entirely sure how Muslim extremists have got away with telling women no one wants to see their beautiful faces but that's not really the point.

People who know me probably wonder why I turn up to mass every Sunday but they've never suggested I stop doing it.

A bus load of Jehovahs motoring into your street early on Saturday morning can be confronting too, but no-one's calling for a nationwide ban. …

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