Monday, March 18, 2013
BBS ready for another fight, after mistakenly believing they have won on Halal!
Emboldened by the mistaken sense of importance over the Halal issue, which in retrospect was a non issue, which as I have pointed out earlier, a Hijacked ACJU fell victim to of their own extremists, the BBS have entered a more dangerous and incendiary phase of going to the heart of places of worship.
They have not given up the demand for the ban on the Hijab, as they are now brainstorming how best to do it, with maximum publicity for them, and maximum hatred heaped on the Muslim community. I believe they intend making the true claim that it was not worn 50 years ago, and is just a new way of expressing one’s religion due to the foreign and mainly Wahabist influence, and therefore it is best for them to revert to the previous practice of hundreds of years for Muslim women to use the sari to cover their faces. It will be interesting to see how this will be played out and I am sure the Muslim community is itself planning their response to this impending attack on their freedoms.
In the end it is infringing on our freedom of expression. Wearing clothes we wish is our and nobody else’s business, and when it is used by certain groups, be it religious or racial to make a statement of their power and influence, it irritates a majority community when it becomes to frequent or appears a threat. In my opinion it does not pose a threat, however, I personally am against it as we don’t know who hides behind the hijab, and I honestly feel uncomfortable in this respect.
That said I do not wish to disrespect Islam or its practitioners, but I do believe I also have some rights in that regard, and I am a very tolerant person. Just as I would not wish to see naked people on the roads, or walking with next to nothing on I do not wish to see people who hide behind a cloak, where I am unable to distinguish or identify the person.
No doubt the BBS now armed with Qurans are reading off it and showing the Muslims that none of the practices they are in are sanctioned by it. I know that it is all about interpretation, and in all religions people interpret it for their own ends.
The purists will always maintain there is nothing to interpret, but I personally do not accept that, as all texts were written in times, so as the people for whom it was written understood what it meant. People of today have to be told in a different way to understand the same point, but have taken to literal interpretations that were not meant at the time. This holds for Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Buddhism, and is a common failing of the teachers of the religions of being inflexible with the practitioners. I trust that in time we will be able to get over this hill, and throw the Charlatans in all these religions into the sea. Just hope it is soon.