I kind of like the Confederate flag. I'm an admirer of Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. I think the performance of the Confederate army early in the war was impressive. I'm a Yankee through and through, but I love the people, the food, the climate and the geography of the South. I also like the subtext of the flag - it kind of tells the Federal government to bug off. All in all, I've got no problem with the Stars and Bars.
|Yeah, I get how some people could be offended by this, but there are things out there that offend me and I don't rush about calling for them to be banned. Life's full of things that bother some people and you just need to learn to deal with it.|
The burka is an Islamic dress for women designed to protect them from men. The underlying assertion is that men cannot control their sexual urges, so the best way to keep women safe is to cover them completely. The burka, unlike the Confederate flag, is not something up for personal interpretation. It is part and parcel of a certain style of Islamic canon. It establishes an unequal relationship between men and women.
|Let me know what your wife has to say when you ask her to wear one of these.|
While I can happily volunteer to mentor young, black men so that they achieve as much as anyone else while driving around with a Dixie flag on my car, I'm not sure I can force my wife to wear a burka while looking at women as similar equals.
So what's the deal here? Why are we supposed to chant SJW slogans with Pavlovian reflexes whenever we see the Confederate flag, but we're supposed to be gentle and open-minded when we see a burka?
Could it be that we're intellectually lazy and voluntarily ignorant?