Blair, Brown, Rushdie back minister in veil row

Thank God!People still understand simple English. Jack Straw finally found much needed support from his colleagues. I don’t have any thing against about wearing “veil” every women have every right to choose what they want to wear and how they want to wear, but personally I believe “veil” present the problem in communication.

LONDON — Britain’s former foreign secretary Jack Straw found support Tuesday from Prime Minister Tony Blair, Finance Minister Gordon Brown, and controversial author Salman Rushdie for raising the issue of whether Muslim women should be veiled.

Blair said that Straw had been “perfectly sensible” in addressing the topic while Rushdie – forced into hiding because of Muslim outrage at his 1988 book The Satanic Verses – used more forthright language.

“He [Straw] was expressing an important opinion, which is that veils suck – which they do,” the British-Indian author, who was raised as a Muslim but is now an avowed atheist, told BBC radio.

Brown, meanwhile, told the BBC in an interview that it would be better for Britain if fewer Muslim women wore veils. Straw – still in the Cabinet as leader of the House of Commons – wrote in his local newspaper last week that he asks Muslim women to remove their veils when they visit his constituency office in Blackburn, northwest England.

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  1. This is normally a very difficult argument fraught with issues. To take up some cause that is religion based is problematic, however, these things are taken up. For example, Hinduism in practise has/had several social issues that are seen as abhorrent to a civil society (caste, sati, etc). Almost nobody will argue that these are things that should be kept because these are part of the religion. Other religions too have their own issues which are kept being reformed or improved.
    The concept of keeping a woman under veil or making her feel that a veil is a good thing is detrimental to making her empowered and self-confident. It should be opposed.

  2. The veil is not the issue. The controversy over the veil is symbolic of the suspicion, the loss of trust. I don’t think there is a quick solution. I only hope and pray that these things don’t spin out of control because of some people’s indiscretion.

  3. It’s a very tricky subject and not one I find easy to answer. I did enjoy the coverage on, though. You can find their obituary for the veil here – most amusing

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