Lew Rockwell makes a most peculiar comment:
February 8, 2017
I agree. Not only is it an offense against self-ownership, it’s a leftist attempt to hide the deliberate de-Austrianization of Austria. “
What? A leading libertarian activist claims that once the burqa is banned, you won’t be able to tell an Austrian….from a Muslim.
But here’s what.
Austrian is a type of nationality. Muslim refers to religious belief. The two are apples and oranges…or, more accurately, apples and cut flowers.
Two. Can anyone really tell nationality from an item of clothing?
Are there no French citizens in burkas?
Three. If, by Austrian, Rockwell meant “white” Austrian, well, a lot of Muslims from the Middle East are whiter than Europeans and a lot of native-born Austrians are dark-skinned, since they are second or third-generation immigrants.
Four. Even native-born non-immigrant Caucasian Austrians can be Muslims.
Five. Do all Muslims wear burqas? If the burqa were banned, Muslims who would have worn them, would still probably be identifiable as Muslims, from head-scarves, for instance.
Unless Rockwell really thinks that a ban on burqas means conservative Muslim women in Austria will now be running around in shorts and tank-tops.
Does he really think that?
Rockwell is a smart guy.
So when I read such loopy arguments, I have to suspect some deeper agenda.