I woke up today and saw this headline; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton states that banning the burqa has merit.
I thought I'd fallen through a wormhole and landed in the mirror universe, but upon further reading I was assured that I am indeed in my native reality; banning the burqa is not about women being treated equally, but merely about security concerns.
Now, security concerns regarding the burqa are valid, but secondary to the fact that they are an indicator of women being treated as chattel in Islam.
The belief that burqas should be banned in order to stop suicide bombers disguising themselves is a legitimate one, according to United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Mrs Clinton also described the status of women as ''one of the biggest pieces of unfinished business in this century'', and said their persecution was a common factor in repressed and impoverished nations.
At an ABC-organised forum at the University of Melbourne, Mrs Clinton answered around a dozen pre-selected questions from an audience of 480, mostly aged 35 and under.
''I know that in Pakistan, many of the men who are conducting suicide bombing missions arrive covered in a burqa,'' Mrs Clinton said in response to a question from a young Muslim woman.
''If you're a Pakistani police officer, respectful of the women of your culture and that's being abused and misused by the suicide terrorists, that causes a real dilemma. So if you are looking at other countries that are understandably nervous about extremist activity, like France and other European countries, I think it's a close question.''
Ah. I see. So, it is men dressing in burqas to detonate homicide bombs is what violates women's rights, not the burqa that they are compelled to wear by men that will beat, stone or hang them if they choose not to wear one.
Thanks for clarifying that, Shrillary, you dumb cow.