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Australian Senator Cory Bernardi: “Ban the Burqa”

Posted on May 16 2010 10:00 am
Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and polemicist. His works have been posted on numerous sites from The Daily Caller (Washington D.C.) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). He blogs at Positively Churchillian.
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Senator Cory Bernardi is the Shadow Parliamentary Secretary Assisting the Leader of the Opposition and a Senator for South Australia. He is a strong defender of women’s rights. As if that’s not good enough, he is now calling for a burqa ban.  In an essay posted on Menzies House the conservative Liberal Party politician asserted:

The burqa is no longer simply the symbol of female repression and Islamic culture, it is now emerging as the preferred disguise of bandits and n’er do wells.

In Sydney this morning a man was robbed by a burqa wearing bandit who further disguised his (or her) identity by wearing sunglasses. The bandit was described by police as being of “Middle Eastern appearance”. [Snip]

In my mind, the burqa has no place in Australian society. I would go as far as to say it is un-Australian. To me, the burqa represents the repressive domination of men over women which has no place in our society and compromises some of the most important aspects of human communication.

It also establishes a different set of rules and societal expectations in our hitherto homogenous society.

Last month, I too came out against the burqa (“A Burka is Not for Spring Break”) because I support women’s right to enjoy the sunlight. Additionally, the burqa, a symbol of oppression if ever there was one, is un-Australian, without question.

Still, seasonal libertarians and Muslim-first socialists look down their collective nose on “bans,” suggesting that the burqa is part of our “multicultural” society. They wonder why women aren’t allowed to choose what they want, even if we can’t understand their choice. Of course, this argument presupposes that one gender just happened to think that burqas and other identity-disguising clothes were fun to wear – or at least necessary for religious reasons – on stifling hot days. Revealingly, even seasonal libertarians fail to take into account radical Islam’s history of patriarchal oppression and the role of Stockholm syndrome in all of this.

Someone else recently asked me “what about the slippery slope?” Well, what about it, indeed? The argument is circular. Moreover, there’s no perfect libertarian paradise where all rights (real and imagined) can coexist peacefully for a thousand years. One man’s right to drive through the city high on drugs is likely to infringe upon another man’s right to drive safely from place A to place B with his family. Muslim-first socialists and seasonal libertarians, though, continue to wrongly think that bans can never be liberating. As history has shown us, however, they can and have often lead to greater freedom.

Senator Bernardi’s position is Australian because he is standing with liberty and against the oppressors of women. His view is also part of a growing international movement as the Belgium experience testifies. Life teaches us that the slippery slope of appeasement is the dangerous one – and that should be the end of it.


Ben-Peter Terpstra is an Australian satirist and cartoon lover. His works have been posted on numerous sites from American Thinker (California) to Quadrant Online (Sydney, Australia). For more information see, Pizza Trays and Beer Bottles.

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