David Mitchell on Burkas (and tattoos)

If Al Franken can become a senator, can’t David Mitchell become PM? Pleeeaase??

Governments and legislatures shouldn’t tell people what they can and can’t wear. By doing so, they would, in every sense, be taking a massive liberty. As long as people aren’t wearing crotchless jeans outside primary schools or deely boppers with attached sparklers on petrol station forecourts, we’ve all got the right to wear exactly what the hell we like and I can barely believe that we’re having this debate…

None of this means I think there’s anything good about wearing a burqa. I think it’s daft. I think any belief system that concludes that half the population should go around constantly covered from head to toe in black cloth, whether out of modesty, humility, tradition or stealth, has a massive flaw in it.

And, while I’m at it, I think that it’s ridiculous to believe in transubstantiation, that considering the Bible to be the literal word of God reduces that supposedly omnipotent being to a muddle-headed maniac and that the Hindu caste system and Roman Catholic rules against contraception could have been invented by Satan. There! Now no one will be able to guess who’s killed me….

There’s altogether too much harping on respect and banning these days. If you can’t respect something, you should ban it. If it’s not banned, you should respect it. Bullshit. There is a huge gulf of toleration between respect and banning. In a free society, people should be allowed to do what they want wherever possible. The loss of liberty incurred by any alternative principle is too high a price to pay to stop people making dicks of themselves. But, if people are using their freedoms to make dicks of themselves, other people should be able to say so.

Full article here.

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5 thoughts on “David Mitchell on Burkas (and tattoos)

  1. DOPE! <:-/ Just googled that deely bopper thing. I didn't know there was a name for those.

    They actually come in flammable?!? Forget I asked that question. I'm not going to facebook to connect with all the deely boppers. I'll admit to my LARPie past, but deely bopper cliques are too geeky even for me.

    Man, I wish I could throw away my self-respect long enough to make a few bazillion dollars off some fettishized garment cult. "Wear my plastic chicken beak and get closer to nature. Invite all your friends to join the chicken beak club. Boycott meat, be a good ecofeminist…" DEELY BOPPERS! Aahh!

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