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« on: Nov 05, 2010 11:13 PM »

Cherie Blair today launched a strident defence of Muslim women saying it was wrong to see those who cover their hair or their body as a threat. Speaking just two weeks after her sister Lauren Booth converted to Islam, the former Prime Minister's wife stressed that it was essential to respect people's right to dress how they choose.

"We use the appearance of women as a metaphor of our fear of a supposed Islamic threat," she told Spain's El Pais newspaper. "There are thousands of Muslims in Europe who participate in our way of life and intend continuing to do so and if they want to dress in a certain way because of their beliefs, we shouldn't feel threatened."

Mrs Blair's comments were made in an interview ahead of the European Muslim Women of Influence Conference in Madrid.

She stressed it was important to fight against stereotypes that "above all affect Muslim women". "We tend to believe they're oppressed, insecure and incapable of thinking for themselves and that is not true," she said. "One of the things I try to do is help to explain that Islam is an open religion in which women have influence, whether they hide their hair or not. I was educated by nuns who were completely covered up to their necks."

Daily Mail, 4 November 2010

Update:  See also the Daily Express which quotes – yes, you guessed – Tory MP Phillip Hollobone as saying: "Most people in Britain will disagree with Cherie Blair. We simply cannot have a situation where more and more women are covering their faces in public because effectively they are excluding themselves from normal everyday human interaction with everyone else."

Well I guess if that meant interacting with a "human" like him then exclusion does not sound so bad.... JERK!

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« Reply #1 on: Nov 07, 2010 12:24 AM »


Very often the argument against allowing women to wear a veil is that 'it will prevent the women from interacting with others....' blah de blah.

In my experience, in England, not many people talk to utter strangers, if you do you're regarded as strange!

Smaller towns where everyone knows everyone else one may, but in a place like London, one does not speak to someone one does not know, regardless of whether you see them everyday for twenty years on your commute into work!

Therefore the argument that veils prevent the women from interacting with people is plain wrong, the british culture is such that it prevents total strangers from interacting with one another.


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