|Sweet mystery of life I have found thee|
The recent media
flurry around the Reverend Fred Nile's unusual desire to undress Muslim women
is another good illustration of the idiocy of public ownership and discrimination laws, and how the issues could be
easily solved with a little more private ownership.
Many people like to hang-out in shopping malls - especially before
Christmas choosing the perfect present for that special person (like
themselves). This Christmas though, gift buyers will have more to contend with
than mobs of blue-rinse ladies fighting for the red-light specials at their
local K-mart stores. There is a very real possibility of becoming a victim of a terrorist bombing.
'You'll be blown away by our specials this Christmas' is an likely
advertising slogan for 2002. The good Reverend would have us believe that
amongst the blue-rinse ladies will be a freedom-hating terrorist with
a bomb under her (or worse, his) chador.
Of course if Australia's idiotic discrimination laws were replaced with
something reasonable (like 'on your private property you can discriminate
against whoever you please') the whole issue would go away.
Some shopping malls would choose to ban the Burqa, and promote themselves
as the 'safe store'. The blue-rinse rednecks would flock there secure in the
knowledge that if they are murdered it'll at least be from
someone dressed like themselves.
Other malls would make take a moral stand with the Muslim community and
some might even make the Burqa compulsory. They could hand out bags at the door
for women to put over their heads. Many feminists (escaping repression by white
males) would flock there for the authentic and liberating Afghan experience. Even
the local tolerant Muslims
would shop there so they could pretend they weren't mixing with the Kaffir (non
And which one would get bombed? Allah only knows, but at least people
would have the opportunity to rely on their own judgment, and not that of
self-serving politicians like .. well .. Fred Nile.