Amidst the entirely unworthy debates of whether one wealthy white guy is allowed to tell another wealthy white guy that he’s a ‘social climber’ or not, you might have missed that Senator Jacqui Lambie has introduced an ‘anti-burqa bill’ into the Senate. I think that there are fundamental legal problems with it (but they’re boring and technical) and it probably won’t get beyond second reading. But even if there aren’t technical problems, I still think — as a conservative — that there are problems with the Bill that we should debate. The key problem, from my perspective, is the extent to which people should be able to preserve their anonymity and defend their privacy. This Bill is an unrestrained attack on your ability to regulate the extent to which other people can monitor you and coerce your behaviour.
Following the revelation that the Secular Party is a racist ‘Ban the Burqa’ party in disguise, I cast my mind to the peculiar social phenomenon regarding pop-atheist critiques of Islam. It runs something like this:
- Pop-atheist identifies an unpleasant aspect of Islam which has a direct comparison in non-Islamic society.
- Pop-atheist damns Islam for having the unpleasant aspect.
- Pop-atheist ignores non-Islamic counterpart.