“It isn’t ‘extremist’ to call the niqab oppressive and ridiculous, as Boris Johnson did. The real extremists are those people who want to protect Islam from public debate and ridicule. That is genuinely backward and intolerant”, says Brendan O’Neill
There is nothing extremist about saying the niqab is oppressive and ridiculous. What is extremist is the idea that public criticism or even ridicule of Islam and its practices must be curtailed, writes Brendan O'Neill.
“Everything Boris said about the niqab is correct: it’s an oppressive, ridiculous garment but it should not be banned. The fact that he received so much flak only confirms that it is now virtually a speechcrime to disrespect Islam”, says Brendan O’Neill