This will be controversial I suppose.
There is talk of banning people from wearing burqas in shops and other places that rely on CCTV for security. Fair call. Ban hoods too. Hoodie wearers are far more likely to cause problems than burqa wearers, but then a burqa could be a very good cover. Who knows what might behind the mask.
Last Monday we had coffee with the Brighton Antique dealer at her abode, and she invited us for dinner at the Marine Hotel in Brighton on Saturday night. We attended and had a very nice meal. We went back to her abode for coffee and I goaded BAD into expressing her opinion, which I already knew, in front of others.
BAD said that she has to stop herself from ripping burqas off Moslem women who wear them, and then burning them.
I don't like women covering their faces because I think the human race depends on facial expression for communication. Ok Brian, blind people have to use some other senses.
BAD was somewhat of a women's libber in the seventies and eighties. She sees the wearing of the burqa as subjucation of women to men.
I have heard arguments from Moslem women for the wearing of the burqa, including how empowering it is, but I remain unconvinced.
So, I think in Australia, BURQAS SHOULD BE BANNED.
Wear all the silly head gear, clothes, hats, wraps, scarves you want, but don't hide your face from me. Reminds me of children. Cover their faces with their hands and no one will see them.
Ok, the above is what you would expect from me, but to personalise matters racial a bit, actually, it was not about race but clothing, Little Jo got very upset when she went for injections last week. She had contact with a very dark skinned person, and she became as frightened as she did when confronted by Santa Clause.
Being a dutiful type Uncle, I better take Little Jo for an outing to Footscray or some such place. I am firmly of the old world. She will have to live in the new world.