Sunday, 19 August, 2018

Boris Johnson and the debate over burkas | Comment

London England. The Former Foreign Secretary is expected to make his first speech today after resigning from government 9 day Image Boris Johnson compared women in burkas to 'bank robbers'
Kenny Thornton | 09 August, 2018, 15:43

"Farah" is far from alone in feeling this way, with prominent Muslim woman doctor Qanta Ahmed saying Boris Johnson was right to criticise the burqa, which she branded an "an anti-Western pro-Islamist political statement".

'Collateral damage in his wish to be PM are electors of Uxbridge (where he rarely ventures), Nazanin (whose life he endangered) and now Muslim Women (ever-more vulnerable to hate crime)'.

Johnson on Sunday said women who wear burqas "look like letter boxes" and compared them to "bank robbers".

She wrote, "As a feminist, what really disgusts me in this whole episode is that Muslim women are simply political fodder, their lives a convenient battleground on which to stake out a leadership bid".

Ms Faifi, who wears niqab, a veil which leaves the eyes uncovered, said she could "empathise" with people who find it hard to connect with women whose full faces they cannot see.

The Conservative Party's chairman, Brandon Lewis, has called on Mr Johnson to apologise for the comments.

Georgia into the Hall of Fame after Women’s British Open glory
Lee slumped to a 10th place finish. "I'm glad I finally played well around here, just in time to leave, " he said. He turned in a dud, and a birdie on the 18th hole gave him another 73 to leave him 15 shots behind.

Karim said that "Boris is playing to the gallery that exists at the right of the party" and by refusing to apologise was "positioning himself as the great defender of the right some believe they have to say whatever they like with no regard of consequences for others".

Mr Lewis said the former Foreign Secretary had been "trying to make a serious point". Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leading backbench Brexiteer, said May was "clearly wrong" to have demanded Johnson apologise.

Conservative peer Sayeeda Warsi, a former party chairwoman, accused Johnson of adopting the "dog-whistle" tactics of right-wing firebrand Steve Bannon, US President Donald Trump's former top aide.

"Taj Hargey of the Oxford Islamic Congregation said there was "no Koranic legitimacy" for the burka" which he said had been used as part of a "gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam".

"It is ridiculous that these views are being attacked - we must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues", a source close to Johnson told reporters.

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