The former foreign secretary Boris Johnson has come under a hail of criticism for saying that women who wear the full burka resemble letter boxes and bank robbers. It is a sign of how screwed up political discourse has become that legitimate criticism of a medieval garment specifically designed to remove the individual identity of the wearer has created such a hysterical reaction.
As criticisms go Boris did not go nearly far enough, personally I have always thought that burka wearers bear a great resemblance to the dark lord of the sith, Darth Vader. Indeed I have a little chuckle to myself whenever I walk past a Burka wearer in the street as the music for the imperial march appears in my head. And it seems I am not the only who finds this piece of attire preposterous. Despite the wolf cries of racism from political activists who have lost all ability to think critically, it seems that the majority of the general public are firmly behind Boris. A poll conducted by sky found that sixty percent of interviewees did not think the former foreign secretary’s words were not racist.
To anyone who has yet to be sucked into the leftist reality distortion field Boris’ words seem to be perfectly fair and reasonable. The idea that criticising someone’s clothing choice in anyway constitutes a hate crime is ridiculous. This is pure and simple an issue of free speech. Being offended by what someone says is not a good enough excuse to shut down their ability to speak. Of course there are some who say that because of the fact that Boris is a public figure he cannot risk causing offence. This is a nonsense. This type of thinking is what leads us to political figures like the Maybot who have very little going on upstairs. Most of us want politicians who say what they think. At the very least we can then be sure that they do think.
Coming back to the issue of the burka it is clear to me that there is an astonishing amount of ignorance around Islam. The fact is that no explicit instruction to wear it exists in either the Quran or the Hadith. The vast majority of Muslims both now and throughout Islamic history have not been covered from head to toe in this appalling garment, with its increase in popularity coinciding with the rise of Wahhabism in 20th century Arabia. There are many Muslims who would agree with Boris in criticising the Burqa. This leftist thoughtless caricaturing of Boris’ words as Islamophobic is way off the mark. Treating all Muslims as one big homogeneous group is the real bigotry and indeed harms moderate Muslims who wish to see extremism killed off.
For me the furore around this issue has shown not that Boris is unfit for leadership, quite the opposite. A leader must be able to stand up to different groups when they are wrong, the current prime ministers reaction, suggesting Boris should apologise and supporting a formal investigation into his words shows exactly why she is woefully out of her depth. We all know the old saying that evil triumphs when good men do nothing, we should now update it for the 21st century, stupidity triumphs when intelligent men are silenced by the mob.