March 21, 2007
It looks like English schools will be allowed to ban full-face veils. This debate has been going on for a while now here in the UK, but I’d almost forgotten about it until I spotted this news story.
It’s good to see some common sense coming into play here. Clearly, somebody finally had the balls to not be 110% PC on this. Schools, educational establishments, exist to serve; schools should be available to all, and all should receive the same treatment while at school. This is the ideal, of course, but this new ruling takes things a step closer to that ideal.
The only place religious artefacts belong in a school is in a class on religious education. A fair and balanced, modern, religious education — not the readings from the Bible with cursory glances toward other religions I got. I would have loved to have been taught about various religions — the fact that I’m a non-believer is beside the point. School should be neutral, just like Government should be neutral, when it comes to religious influence.
Of course, outside of the classroom people may do what they choose, wear what they choose. They might choose to follow certain religions or wear certain items of clothing. But School is largely about communication, and covering even part of the face hinders the ability to communicate.