“British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to apologize for Islamophobic comments he wrote in 2018 comparing Muslim women in burqas to letterboxes and bank robbers.”
Johnson has stood firm on this issue. He was once threatened to be sent by his party to “diversity training” over his face veil comments, and right after he made those comments, he refused to apologize, despite amid charges of “Islamophobia.”.
Johnson still has nothing to apologize for. The face veil is an affront to the freedom of Western societies, in which women have equal rights.
Member of Parliament Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, who renewed demands for the apology, “said he and others who have grown up hearing Islamophobic slurs ‘can appreciate full well the pain felt by already-vulnerable Muslim women when they are described as looking like bank robbers and letterboxes.’” Yet Dhesi does not indicate such concern about the “pain felt by already-vulnerable Muslim women” because of their inferior status under the Sharia, or those women who are beaten for disobedience to their husbands in accordance to Islamic law, or those women who are assaulted and imprisoned for not wearing their coverings, in accordance with the Quran (24:31, 33:59).
“Boris Johnson Refuses To Apologize For Racist Comments On Muslim Women,” by Ja’han Jones, Huffington Post, September 6, 2019:
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson refused to apologize for Islamophobic comments he wrote in 2018 comparing Muslim women in burqas to letterboxes and bank robbers.
Member of Parliament Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was applauded in the House of Commons Wednesday for demanding an apology from Johnson over an article he wrote for The Daily Telegraph last year. Johnson’s column called a Danish ban on burqas “heavy-handed,” but said it was ridiculous that Muslim women “choose to go around looking like letterboxes” and suggested women wearing burqas look like “bank robbers.”
Johnson, however, refused to apologize, arguing his column actually defended Muslim women’s rights.
Singh Dhesi questioned whether Johnson’s comments befit a member of Parliament, or any public official.
“Mr. Speaker, if I decide to wear a turban, or you decide to wear a cross, or he decides to wear a kippah or a skullcap, or she decides to wear a hijab or a burqa,” Singh Dhesi said, motioning around the room. “Does that mean it is open season for right honorable members of this house to make derogatory and divisive remarks about our appearance?”
Singh Dhesi said he and others who have grown up hearing Islamophobic slurs “can appreciate full well the pain felt by already-vulnerable Muslim women when they are described as looking like bank robbers and letterboxes.”