Ireland: Opposition calls for school headscarf ban

MUSLIM girls should not be allowed to wear a headscarf in public schools, the two main opposition parties said last night.


Labour's Ruairi Quinn said immigrants who come to Ireland need to conform to the culture of this country.


"If people want to come into a western society that is Christian and secular, they need to conform to the rules and regulations of that country," the Labour spokesman on education and science told the Irish Independent.


His comments come amid mounting controversy over guidelines on the wearing of the hijab, commonly worn by Muslim girl in state schools.


His stance on the issue was backed by his Fine Gael counterpart Brian Hayes, who says it makes "absolute sense" that there is one uniform for everyone.


The Fine Gael education spokesman said the wearing of the hijab was not a fundamental requirement to be a Muslim, but more an example of modesty and cultural mores.


Recently, Nicholas Sweetman, principal of Gorey Community School, Co Wexford, called for official direction to bring an end to the practice of schools imposing divergent policies.


The Wexford controversy followed the Department of Education's refusal to offer advice to the school when a Muslim couple asked last September that their daughter be allowed to wear the headscarf in class.


Mr Quinn said immigrants should live by Irish laws and conform to Irish norms.


"Nobody is formally asking them to come here. In the interests of integration and assimilation, they should embrace our culture," he said.


He added: "Irish girls don't wear headscarves. A manifestation of religious beliefs in such a way is unacceptable and draws attention to those involved. I believe in a public school situation they should not wear a headscarf."


Mr Hayes said Ireland should not be going down the route of multiculturalism.


"It makes absolute sense that there would be one uniform for everyone. The wearing of the hijab is not about religiosity, it is more an example of modesty. It is not a fundamental requirement to be a Muslim," he said.


But Fine Gael and Labour's position on the controversy sparked an angry reaction.


Islamic Society of Ireland spokesperson Summayah Kenna branded the comments by Mr Hayes and Mr Quinn as "baffling", adding the hijab was a religious obligation.


She said she was "shocked" by Mr Hayes' assertion that it was otherwise, and urged him to check up on his information.


And director of the National Consultative Committee on Racism and Interculturalism Philip Watt said the "ill-thought" comments from both political figures were "disappointing".


Last night, a spokesperson for Integration Minister Conor Lenihan said he had no problem with students wearing the hijab.


"For those that wear the hijab, it's an issue of modesty. It's not so long since Irish women wore headscarves to church, so we have to respect that," the spokesperson said.


At present, individual school authorities are responsible for the drawing up of school rules, including school-uniform requirements.


But the Education Act requires school boards to have respect for the diversity of values, beliefs and traditions.


The Department of Education said last night it had asked Mr Lenihan to consider the matter in the context of the development of an Intercultural Education Strategy.


It said nothing would be ruled in or out until after talks take place.


Source: Independent (English)

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jdamn13 said...

The medieval Nazi slave rag has nothing to do with "modesty" or religion. Islam isn't even a religion. It's a cult and a Nazi political movement. Always was. The hijab is about hatred, backasswardness, Stockholm Syndrome (one of the 17 criteria of a cult), and prostitution. It's like if the Nazis took the "pieces of flair" they made the Jews wear to such an extreme so as to deprive them of 100% of their dignity, identity, and humanity, and if the Jews then chose to do that to themselves today and claim to do it out of pride. When I see a parasitic sex slave baby factory in one of those things, as far as I'm concerned the bitch (by choice) is crawling around on all fours with a leash around her neck, a ballgag in her mouth, and the name of the a-hole to whom she whored her life away branded on both her ass and her forehead. It says "I'm not a human being. I'm 100% vagina. I have no problem being some sicko a-hole's outright property. I'm perfectly happy being reduced to a parasitic sex slave baby factory. Besides, I have no use for human dignity. If I had any I would just whore it away to some a-hole like I did my life."

And the bitches (by choice) who wear them claim that they do it either out of pride or because they want to be respected for their minds. HA! They come from a culture which has absolutely nothing to be proud of and everything to be ashamed of. Not one single Muslim has ever contributed anything of any value to the world in any way, shape, or form. Please, someone provide me with a counterexample. There are NONE. They take pride in backasswardness, regression, evil, and hate. The combined GDP of the Muslim world, when one removes oil from the equation, is less than that of Indiana or Luxembourg, both of whose economies are currently in the toilet. And as for wanting to be respected for their minds, that's impossible. Hijab hoes without exception whore their lives away in exhange for a free ride and a tapeworm's epitaph, both from some a-hole and the government, since 96% of all Muslims in the US are on welfare (and I know the stats in Europe are close), which will come in handy the next time we're attacked and we use the Patriot Act to reinstitute the Japanese Holocaust on Muslims, who will not be coming back from the secret prisons when the war is over.

How can anyone respect someone who reduces herself to nothing more than a vagina for her jacked-up, hate-filled, uneducated, cult-following mind? ANd then without exception they fail at the only thing they ever accomplish in life - being mothers - because women who are maladjusted children incapable of self-sufficiency ALWAYS raise their children to be maladjusted children incapable of self-sufficiency (although this is by no means a strictly Muslim phenomenon). That's how the whole medieval cycle comes to repeat itself in every Muslim family in the history of time.

Esther said...

Hi jdamn13,

You bring an interesting example, actually. The "Jewish star" is not a Jewish symbol. You won't find it on ancient Jewish mosaics or art. It was actually a symbol of the devil and was forced on the Jews as a way of degrading them.

However, history being what it is, things have changed. And what was forced on the Jews 800 years ago, is now an issue of Jewish pride.

Anonymous said...

I am so grateful that Irish now is standing up to defend her beautiful country and culture.

Being a person from Asia that visited and studied in Ireland before, I wished Ireland every bit of luck to ward off the Islamist influence on that country.

There is subtle different between Muslim and Islamist, many Muslims are secular by nature and value western style freedoms and liberty. Islamist is the one banging on Syariah Law implement across the society so that the Cleris can have lifetime of power to rule without the need of working for it. The moment clerics come to power, we can kiss democracy good bye.

Keep an eye on the influence of the mosque, they incite a lot of hatred and brainwashed many Muslims into irrational behavior.

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jdamn13 said...

Esther, first, love your blog. Second, are you serious about the Jewish star? My grandma has worm a star of David since before WWII, and she's Christian. She's just down with David. I'm sure it was exploited by the Nazis as a way of singling out Jews, among many other ways, but I doubt that Israel would put it on their flag if it were a symbol of oppression rather than pride. If that's the case, then it is the ultimate reclaimed symbol.

jdamn13 said...

Anonymous, the mosque serves a very important function here in the US. Yes, Muslims go there in order to expose themselves to terrorist propaganda and foot fungus, but it allows the government to surveil them on the basis of religion, when national origin and race fail to bring them under the radar, and helps the government identify the 4% of Muslims who are not on welfare. I LOVE THE PATRIOT ACT. We know where every Muslim is. I can't wait for America to get attacked again so we can use it to reinstitute the Japanese Holocaust in a more intelligent way. I just hope McCain is president when it happens. Black ops (who technically don't exist) will ship them all off to secret prisons (which technically don't exist), and we will shrug our shoulders and say "who knows what happened? Maybe they're in Canada (even though we sealed the border)." And history will write them off the way civilization and decency did.

Esther said...

Hi jdamn13,

Regarding the star of david, it's my conjecture. Nobody knows when the star of david became a Jewish symbol, except that it happened around that time when it was forced on the Jews. It wasn't one of the ancient and accepted Jewish symbols. In appears in the mosaics of Byzantine churches, however, and I've once been told that it's a sort of place 'put aside for the devil'.

As for your plans for a Muslim holocaust - and after you 'ship them off to secret prisons' - then what? Do you intend to slaughter millions of innocents in a government funded program? Or just keep them locked up for eternity? Is that the type of country you would like to live in? Would you feel proud of the US at that point? What would you feel proud of, exactly? American freedoms? Dictatorships have a way of creeping up on you.

jdamn13 said...

Esther, I checked it out in Wikipedia and you were right about the Star of David. It IS the ultimate reclaimed symbol. I got a little history lesson today. Thank you. I should know that as a non-practicing half-Jew.

And yes, I would never be prouder of my country than if we were clean up shop. I would hope that other civilized nations would follow suit. Colonialism should be countered with exile. We're simply not safe otherwise. We're talking about people who are breastfed evil, hatred, ignorance, violence, degeneracy, barbarism, anrcissism, etc.

Plus, I've always had a dream that all sex offenders would be shipped off to Sex Offender Island, since they can never be reformed. Jamie Glazov has a very interesting article about how even the small percentage of Muslims who aren't sexually abused as children still suffer from the same type of psychosexual trauma: http://nospank.net/glazov.htm . Misogyny doesn't exist in a vacuum. They're a lost cause. And they won't give up, assimilate, or behave themselves like decent, reasonable human beings. ANytime a Muslim is given the choice between behaving like a rational adult and an animal, they always choose to reduce themselves to animals. Society should rid itself of people like that.

The other alternative, and I'm fine with that too, is nuking Mecca and Medina into "glassification:" http://www.islamundressed.com/Consequences%20of%20Nuking%20Mecca.htm . That brouht down the delusions of the Japanese and it should work on the Muslims too, since they, like the Japanese and Japan, honestly believe that Allah protects Mecca. Medina would be necessary just in cse they decided to transfer their holy site there, being that they, as cult-followers incapable of handling congitive dissonance (ever notice how black and white their culture/worldview is?) and would undoubtedly turn to delusion to deal with it. And no, I have no qualms about it. Did anyone apologize for destroying St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church on 9/11? Here's another article which better explain why nuking Mecca is Islam's Achilles Heel: http://www.faithfreedom.org/oped/Ohmyrus51230p4.htm . But would that make Muslims behave like reasonable, decent human beings? Or would we still end up paying the jiyza like we are now to the 96% of them who are on welfare? And don't get me started on how much I hate tax breaks for breeders. That's a whole 'nother post.

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