Tuesday, June 23, 2009

But what if they attack with a pointed stick?

Okay, this almost seems like a Monty Python skit but it's real.... The government of Great Britain (not so great, I'm thinking) is deciding that taking the points off of knives is going to keep people from getting stabbed to death. One of the tragic things is that this is only one step off of the US government trying to make knives that you can open with one hand illegal.

When you contrast this with the fact that the French government is actually taking a stand and is wanting to eliminate the burkha as acceptable clothing, it seems that the world is going a bit wonky. Before anyone gets their knickers in a knot, I do believe that people should be able to wear what they want (or nothing at all for that matter) within certain social limits and due to the fact that sometimes you just need to have pockets for your stuff.

However, as a safety issue, and due to the creeping nature of Islamic fundamentalism, and perhaps that bit of feminist in me, I think that the full burkha should be banned. In Florida, they tried to take an issue to court because a woman wanted to get her driver's license picture taken while her face was covered. Additionally, the burkha is a cultural icon, not a religious one, although I'd get arguments on that as well. If you want to wear a scarf on your head, fine. But, just as I get creeped out by folks wearing full ski masks (which is generally not acceptable unless one is skiing), I want to be able to see a person's face.

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