H/T Magic Martin
The streets of London are not being besieged by women in face veils. How many women in niqaab were burning down people’s houses and businesses? When was the last time you went on a bus and got a torrent of abuse from a young woman in a niqaab?
According to Home Office guidelines “all persons arriving in the United Kingdom must satisfy an immigration officer as to their nationality and identity.
“Where there are sensitive or cultural reasons why it is not possible for a person to remove a veil or other garment at the immigration control, they will be taken to a private area where, in the case of a woman, a female officer will ask them to lift their veil so that their identity can be verified.”
Veiled Muslim women are certainly not exempt from identity checks according to the regulations. A recent study by researchers at Queen Mary College found that the criminalisation of face-veils in Europe had been set against the context of a “’backlash’ against multiculturalism” and the place of Islam in Europe.
Jesus Christ Amhad, you are quite mad aren’t you mate:) This is a very poignant protest against the tyrany of the burka – an extremely uncomfortable symbol of slavery foisted upon defenceless women by dickless muslim assholes. No woman of her free will wants to go around with a bag over her head for her whole life. “You try it you whacko, it’s not comfortable at any temperature over 7 – 10 degrees celsius.
This is a beautiful and sensitive protest. The music from Exodus, “A Place For Us” is so very appropriate!
Ross A Lloyd (author of Soul Saviour a novel mussies won’t like)
PIC = LONDON – 10 women in burka outside St-Paul’s cathedral on Christmas eve
Paintings outrage Islamic hard-liners in Pakistan
Pakistan’s leading arts college has pushed boundaries before in this conservative nation. But when a series of paintings depicting Muslim clerics in scenes with strong homosexual overtones sparked an uproar and threats of violence by Islamic extremists, it was too much.
Officials at the National College of Arts in the eastern city of Lahore shut down its academic journal, which published the paintings, pulled all its issues out of bookstores and dissolved its editorial board. Still, a court is currently considering whether the paintings’ artist, the journal’s board and the school’s head can be charged with blasphemy.
The college’s decision to cave to Islamist pressure underscores how space for progressive thought is shrinking in Pakistan as hardline interpretations of Islam gain ground. It was also a marked change for an institution that has long been one of the leading defenders of liberal views in the country.
Particularly infuriating to conservatives were two works that they said insulted Islam by mixing images of Muslim clerics with suggestions of homosexuality, which is deeply taboo in Pakistan.
One titled “Call for Prayer” shows a cleric and a shirtless young boy sitting beside each other on a cot. The cleric fingers rosary beads as he gazes at the boy, who seductively stretches backward with his hands clasped behind his head.
Mumtaz Mangat, a lawyer who petitioned the courts to impose blasphemy charges, argued the image implied the cleric had “fun” with the boy before conducting the traditional Muslim call for prayer.
A second painting shows the same cleric reclining in front of a Muslim shrine, holding a book by Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho in one hand as he lights a cigarette for a young boy with the other. A second young boy, who is naked with his legs strategically crossed to cover his genitals, sits at the cleric’s feet. The painting has caused particular uproar because verses from Islam’s holy book, the Quran, appear on the shrine.
It’s part of Western and American plans to malign Islam,”
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the paintings :
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