They are the people that can change Saudi society, not me or my objection.
The only equivalence I am drawing is the right of a society to determine what it deems culturally acceptable. The Saudi's are entitled to condemn Ireland as a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah if they wish, but if they want to come and live in Sodom, well they can just shut up and lube the hell up....
I don't like women wearing the Burkha either but I just want to live in a society with a high degree of personal freedom. If that leaves people free to regard themselves as second-class citizens and dress weirdly, then so be it. It is acceptable to me.
The real problem IMO is that we allow religious orders to control our education system.
Muslims who live in Ireland should have their children in a state-run secular education system. Or they can leave. If an Asian woman is properly educated, and still chooses to wear ridiculous religious clothing, then fair enough. Unfortunately my solution wouldn't be acceptable to a lot of Right minded Christians.
Last edited by Monday Monday; 6th July 2012 at 09:32 AM.
Oddly enough, I see no reference to some kind of national costume that must be worn by all true citizens. Actually, I suspect that the constitutional position is that Irish citizens are legally and constitutionally entitled to wear pretty much what they want out in the streets, apart from paramilitary uniforms, a Garda uniform if not a member of the force, or nothing at all.1° On the coming into operation of this Constitution any person who was a citizen of Saorstát Éireann immediately before the coming into operation of this Constitution shall become and be a citizen of Ireland.
2° The future acquisition and loss of Irish nationality and citizenship shall be determined in accordance with law.
3° No person may be excluded from Irish nationality and citizenship by reason of the sex of such person.
2 1° Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution, a person born in the island of Ireland, which includes its islands and seas, who does not have, at the time of the birth of that person, at least one parent who is an Irish citizen
or entitled to be an Irish citizen is not entitled to Irish citizenship or nationality, unless provided for by law.
2° This section shall not apply to persons born before the date of the enactment of this section,
3 Fidelity to the nation and loyalty to the State are fundamental political duties of all citizens.