Baroness Warsi says banning the Muslim veil would be like clamping down on the miniskirt in the 60s

Source: Mirror News

The peer, Britain’s first Muslim cabinet minister, said stopping people from wearing the veil “is not the British way”

Baroness Warsi says banning Muslim women from wearing the veil is “not the British way” and would be reminiscent of attempts to clamp down on the miniskirt in the 1960s.

The former Conservative Party co-chairman, now faith minister, said allowing people wear what they want was the “basis of a free society”

However, she added those choose to wear garments such as a full-face veil must accept that there are some situations in which it is not appropriate.

Lady Warsi, Britain’s first Muslim Cabinet minister, told the Daily Telegraph: “I think people should have a right to wear what they want in this country.

“We don’t go around telling people what jewellery they should wear or how they should wear their hair or what garments they should or should not wear.

“Women won the right on what to wear many, many decades ago.

“There was a time when men would tell us that our skirts were too short in the 60s … I hope that we are not going to move on, 50 years on and suddenly men are going to start telling us that our veils are too long.”

She added: “I think I would be as offended if I was told ‘actually you must wear a miniskirt to work because that’s that we like women to wear’ as I would be if somebody came to me and said ‘we want you to be covered from head to toe because that’s what we like woman to wear’.”

Lady Warsi did, however, say there certain situations involving for example where there have to be limits.

“Some of this is about society saying we are going to have this tolerant approach but some of it is about individuals taking a common-sense approach.

“You know if I was a vegetarian I just wouldn’t apply to work in an abattoir and then I wouldn’t arrive there saying ‘I’m really sorry I’m not going to deal with meat’, this is about individual decisions as well.”

‘Free society’: Faith minister Baroness Warsi


3 replies

  1. Is it fair to compare mini skirts with veils ? she should think 3 times before speak. That’s why women should not be politicians or stateswomen. Same stuff used to be from that Thatcher.

  2. A Muslim girl of 19, says the government should not dictate what she wears, and that the niqab allows her to be free from the confines of fashion.

    Leave these people alone. They want to cover from head to toe and you want to walk naked on the streets so why force them to be like you!!

    People don’t realise that once you start banning items of clothing from public life, you open Pandora’s box in attacking your civil rights. These laws are not just here to protect the minority but potentially – the majority, on a global scale everyone is the minority. You can’t just ban one piece of item and not see the law applied in another areas, you follow the law all and not just when it suits you and that can end up being dangerous… People should have the option of wearing/not wearing the headscarf in any country. And all this talk about going backwards, how is wearing a headscarf backwards? Has anyone realized how Turkey is the super power of Europe with their financial stability? if they were heading backwards then why is Europe begging them to enter the EU after so many years of rejection? The only country in Europe with a strong economical stability, strong military presence, no WMF debts all this and others achieved by a medieval government? Id like to have one in UK Plz.

    Islam is a religion of peace love and JUSTICE. Muslims don’t and should not prove their innocence who believe that Islam is a violent religion. ISLAM today and after 9/11 has been the fastest growing religion in the WORLD. To be honest, nobody like peaceful religion… it seems that its impossible to gain billions of followers if a prophet was evil.. and it has decline the number of Christianity in the world.. Judaism as well.. the only war today was due to people that are greedy for power.. but in majority of Muslims view, politics is only for man who wants to challenge his life. Most of us don’t like politics because later you would be put in trial in front of God. Ordinary Muslims prefer to be away from it..

    When sister of the former British PM and so many women returned to Islam some inquisitive students begun to ask, why the West comes to Islam despite deliberate distortion in the Media and constant sponsorship against Islam? As a reminder, Pharaoh killed male children but Moses was brought up in his house. Allah guides whom so ever He wishes.

    The hypocrisy of the Western society is clearly seen whereas an Australian Judge failed to jail nine males who admitted gang-raping a 10-year old aborigine girl in 2005, saying the victim probably agreed to have sex with them and a UNICEF Photo of the year shows, a bridegroom, 40, with his 11-year old bride in Afghanistan. In my opinion, a UNICEF photo of the year must show a nine year British girl having a baby and another photo showing a gang of teenage girls with anti-social behaviour and vomiting out side a pub, thanks to binge drinking. This is sickening. It’s no wonder Great Britain is in such a bad shape. Ten years old British girls are having babies out of wedlock. They are not allowed to get married but are allowed to have babies. Teenage pregnancy rate in Great Britain is the highest in Western Europe. It is a civilised country and Yemen is a backward country because it allows young girls to get married.
    London School of Islamics Trust

  3. Ahmed Qureshi sb., please return to the 21st Century and please don’t put down what Baroness Warsi is trying to say.

    If you don’t understand the point she’s making than do not start genderizing the issue. There’s no objection to women taking part in politics in Islam. Why shouldn’t they?

    Think about the point she’s trying to make re the veil . She’s not promoting mini-skirts or any such thing. You seem to have closed your thinking processes just because she’s a female politician and what you believe regarding them.

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