Hijabs in schools: James Whale says 'we're in danger of going back to the stone age'

The wearing of hijabs in schools is subject to an ongoing debate (stock photo)

The wearing of hijabs in schools is subject to an ongoing debate (stock photo)

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

James Whale has condemned the increasing religious segregation in the UK, saying it is like "going back to the stone age" and only "aggravates people," undermining community integration.

James was speaking on his show with two moderate Muslim campaigners, Gina Khan and Zehra Zaidi, both of whom oppose the permission of the hijab in school.

Khan said she was motivated to act by a campaign in Birmingham, led by councillor Waseem Jaffar, to push a local Catholic school to overturn its ban on hijabs.

She added that there is nothing in the Quran that states women of any age have to wear a hijab, and this is based on a simple lie.

The primary motivation behind the wearing of the hijab, Khan said, was a desire for "control" and schools were scared to stand up to the problem for fear of being branded islamophobic.

Mullahs, she said, are "trying to control our lives - women and Muslim girls - and they've started with children." By doing so, Muslim community leaders are "inhibiting" the children they purport to help.

Zaidi, meanwhile, said "there is no one homogenous Muslim community" which makes any blanket edict on dress codes completely inappropriate, and as a country we're going backwards in terms of integration.

She added that the hijab is "linked to the concept of peity, and the reason why a lot of us campaigners are saying it is wrong for young children is that the concept of peity and modesty is linked to puberty."

James reentered the debate by saying "if you don't like the way people dress, don't come and live in this country."

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