Tuesday, 11 August 2009

The British police dress up in burkhas

Alterity is swapping one’s own perspective for that of the other, as demonstrated by three British police officers in Sheffield, South Yorkshire:

The British Police dress up in burkasThe move, which was part of a police initiative, has been widely condemned – and rightly so – by people who believe that the job of the police is to arrest criminals and not to stage publicity stunts.

Obviously, people should be allowed to wear what they want – that’s everyone’s right in a liberal democracy – but the huge irony here is that the sorts of people who want to wear burkas strongly oppose western democracy and want to replace it with a religious theocracy under which our freedoms - that too many of us now take for granted - would be destroyed.

And what are the Yorkshire police officers up to next weekend?

Well, why don’t they enter a beauty parade and don a suimsuit? While they still can…