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Dance of the veils

31 October, 2006

More about “the veil”; you’ve got to see the funny side of this kind of ‘religious’ issue.

In this week’s New Statesman magazine, Shazia Mirza quips:

“A Muslim woman knocked on my door last night. I didn’t open the door – I just talked through the letter box to see how she likes it.

“Muslims are at a difficult period in their history, especially those of us in the west. Bush and co are akin to salt on our wounds. When I was growing up in Birminghamabad nobody wore the veil, burqa, dustbin liner, whatever, and now when I go back everyone’s wearing it. Muslims feel threatened and this is their way of surviving.

“All the women in my family have started wearing the burqa, which is great, because we all use the same bus pass.

“Today, there’s no business like burqa business. There’s a gap in the market – for the likes of Liz Hurley and Elton John. The Burberry burqa is the solution. Also, let’s be honest. What every western man really desires is a woman in high heels and a short burqa. I know Muslim girls who wear the hijab and a G-string. Now that‘s real integration.

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