Thursday, March 03, 2005

These people are silly, I don't want to live on the same planet as them any more

Some of us thought that the "islamic headwear in school" thing was about where you choose to position the slider on the "individual freedom" vs "secular state" continuum. Or possibly "freedom to worship" vs "multi-culturalism". At any rate, we thought it was to do with the kind of massive and complicated grey area which we liberal types find it very difficult to sort out.

So thank the divine entity of your choice that we have the Daily Mail to guide us through this maze of moral ambgiuity. Apparently, the current ruling (which says that girls DO have the right to wear Islamic clothes to schools) is a very bad thing because.... might mean the end of school uniform.

And Tony and Dave pay attention to what these people say.


Sam Dodsworth said...

Indeed, the BBC reports:Lord Justice Brooke added: "Nothing in this judgment should be taken as meaning that it would be impossible for the school to justify its stance if it were to reconsider its uniform policy in the light of this judgement and were to determine not to alter it in any significant respect."
As far as I can tell from the article, the legal issue was the actually the school's duty to consider the pupil's request.

Also, you forgot to mention that the Daily Mail decided to run the story as their front-page headline for extra bathos. I actually laughed out loud.

Andrew Rilstone said...

"Is this the end of school uniform?" sounds so much like "Is this the end of civilisation as we know it?" And if you are one of the 14 people who read the Mail, the one is probably equivilent to the other.

Actually, the Mail specialises in what have been called "Fascinating Questions to Which The Answer is No."

As in "Did Nostradamus Predict 9-11?"; "Can Marmite Cure Breast Cancer?"; "Will the E.U Ban Egg-and-Spoon-Races?".

"Is this the end of school uniform?" Probably not.

Nick Mazonowicz said...

Wonderful site, please keep it up.

I haven't seen the Daily Mail, but I would lay a hefty wager on Europe and the European Union being mentioned somewhere.