Can we expect a radical Islam free Britain under Johnson?

Suraiyya Aziz

In August 2018, Britain’s Conservative Party’s leader and most possibly the next Prime Minister wrote an article in The Daily Telegraph where he said, while he doesn’t support a burqa ban, he does think they’re “ridiculous” because they make women look like “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”.

“If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree,” Johnson wrote. “I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes”.

He also said that if “a female student turned up at school or at a university lecture looking like a bank robber,” he would ask her to remove her face covering in order to speak to him. He added that humans “must be able to see each other’s faces”.

Although Johnson’s comments caused an uproar and criticism from the Islamist groups and radical Muslims, majority of the Muslims in the world did actually love that comment.

Burqas and niqabs are either fully or partially banned in public spaces in a number of European countries, including France, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Denmark. It even is banned in a number of African and more precisely in some of the Muslim dominated African nations as well. It makes me feel surprised seeing the British policymakers aren’t showing enough of guts in banning burqa and hijab as those attires have been repeatedly proved as militancy-friendly or compatible. In today’s world when we are facing threats posed by radical Islam, why do the Western societies would take the risk of letting Muslim female suicide attackers hide beneath burqa in particular and continue terrorist or jihadist activities?

Here my argument is simple. If Muslim women feel the necessity of covering their faces with hijab or even go inside the burqas, let them first leave the Western nations and settle in some of the Muslim countries like Iran or Saudi Arabia – or may be Afghanistan. They don’t have any right of keeping people under extreme worries and horrors by moving around here and there – simple like a letter box.

Outgoing Prime Minister Theresa May had been a grand disgrace as she had been rather sympathetic to immigrants and even during the past few years of Conservative Party’s rule, some notorious criminals have entered Britain with tons of dirty money. Some of them even are connected to militancy. Can Mr. Johnson take some stern measures in identifying and punishing those who had entered the United Kingdom with dirty money or are involved into militancy?

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