LONDON — The British government said Tuesday that schools can ban students from wearing Muslim veils if teachers believe they effect safety, security or pupils' learning.Note that it says 'Muslim veils' - amazingly specific in Europe these days.
School administrators have the right to ban students from covering their faces under a new uniform policy, but educators should speak with parents before introducing such a ban, the Education Ministry said in a statement. "Schools should consult parents and the wider community when setting uniform policy," Schools Minister Jim Knight said. "And while they should make every effort to accommodate social, religious or medical requirements of individual pupils, the needs of safety, security and effective learning in the school must always take precedence," he said.I have a problem with the speaking to parents bit. It's clear that talking to Muslim parents that want their children to wear the veil can only lead to an increase in threats to the schools. Given the lack of moral fibre shown in Britain these days to confront Muslim aggression of this type I'm not too sure that this would get them too far.
The ministry said head teachers had always had the right to set their school's uniform policy. Several recent court cases have challenged schools' decisions to ban some forms of Islamic dress. Britain's highest appeals court ruled a year ago that a school acted properly in refusing to allow a student to wear a jilbab — a long, flowing gown covering all her body except her hands and face. The school said the clothing item was not permitted under school policy.If it's school policy then it's school policy. If parents don't like it then they can send their kids to an Islamic school. Do you notice that these attacks only happen in public schools? In this way those that are staging the issues get the most exposure, as well as free legal access.
The issue of face-covering veils has sparked a debate over religious tolerance and cultural assimilation in Britain, which is home to 1.6 million Muslims.Here we go again. People confuse tolerance with acceptance. We can tolerate certain aspects of all cultures but that doesn't mean we have to accept them. Certainly, we should never accept the wearing of the burqa or other head-covering garments in our society. It isn't a matter of tolerance; it's a matter of making a moral judgement that covering women's faces is completely dehumanizing, which is what these garments are designed to do. The onus is always on the immigrating society to attempt to integrate into its new home. If there is a clash of values then the values of the immigrants must give way to those of the majority. And that's it; end of argument.
Cultural relativists also mix up tradition with values. The success of Australia's multicultural policy has been based on people's acceptance of our open and tolerant society, which also respects their traditions. That's why we have such vibrant Greek, Italian, Vietnamese, Sri Lankan etc etc communities in Australia. There's a big difference between the tradition, for example, of the pilgrimage to Mecca and the cultural value that treats women as second class citizens. We have no problem with people trekking off to Mecca but we don't tolerate or accept that Muslims can treat women so poorly because it's their culture. Unfortunately, political correctness and cultural relativism is all about never having to make moral judgements. If we don't make judgements then how do we tell the difference between right and wrong, good and evil or define what's bad for society?