PUPILS and teachers have been told by an official body not to stare at Muslims for fear of causing offence.The vast majority of people who dress uniquely in public do so as a means of self-expression. They want to be looked at. Lots of people want to look at them. "People watching" isn't an uncommon way to spend time on a night out in metropolitan centers. The right to look around you, is (I believe I can assert without coming across as a libertarian ideologue) a natural one that cannot be infringed upon in any civilized society.
A document intended to educate against religious intolerance and sectarianism urges teachers to “make pupils aware of the various forms of Islamophobia, ie stares, verbal abuse, physical abuse”.
But Learning Teaching Scotland (LTS), which issued the advice to schools north of the border, has been criticised by politicians and Muslim leaders for going “over the top”.
The document states: “Some Muslims may choose to wear clothing or display their faith in a way that makes them visible. For example, women may be wearing a headscarf, and men might be wearing a skullcap. Staring or looking is a form of discrimination as it makes the other person feel uncomfortable, or as though they are not normal.”
In what other circumstances have you been told not to stare at other forms of life around you? Probably at the zoo or when out conversing with nature. Staring at predatory cats you've come upon, like mountain lions, is a good idea. With aggressive canines, it's a bad idea. If you stop and stare at a red-tailed hawk, he won't stick around for long. If you've come upon a great blue, on the other hand, stopping and staring is your best bet.
Never thought these rules were applicable to other humans. But... I'd better stop myself.
These are the fruits of the new multicultural West that we relentlessly hear so many paeans for. It is this propitious diversity that forces you to get to the airport an hour before your plane takes off, to fear what you draw, say, write, or even think, to reconsider before shooting a second glance at the girl across the street. As populations of European descent are bred out of existence, so too are the values they hold so dearly.