According to Ibrahim Master, former chairman of the Lancashire Council of Mosques, Jack Straw's suggestion that Muslim women should not wear full veils "attacks the very identity of Muslims"
because "for a Muslim woman to keep her face covered from males outside her family is a fundamental requirement of Islam". It looks like Muslims need to have a dialogue among themselves about what are the fundamental requirements of Islam since Jemima Khan, a Muslim convert, believes that covering the face is completely unnecessary
in Islam. Oh, and if there are any feminists with spare time on their hands...
For all the condemnation being heaped on Mr Straw by Muslims, his assertion that the veil is "a visible statement of separation and difference" held resonance on the nearby streets.
Time and time again women in veils were approached in the hope that they would give their view on the issue. Most scurried away in silence. One paused long enough to say she would ring her husband to ask his permission.
He told her: "No. Walk away from them." She did so, telling the reporter: "I shouldn't even be looking at you. I'm not supposed to look at other men."
Mr Master was similarly unable to help. "The women who wear the veil are very shy," he said. "Without it they would go out even less than they do."
Are they shy? Or are they they're brainwashed, submissive creatures with no sense of self?