Boris And Burkas: Many Burka Wearers Actually Rob Banks
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In an article in the Telegraph, new British PM Boris Johnson compared the masked Muslim women in burqas seen wandering the streets of London to "letterboxes", meaning the British kind of mailbox pictured at right, and "bank robbers", because they're appearing in public masked like robbers, ninjas, or Klansmen.

Boris's column was called Denmark has got it wrong. Yes, the burka is oppressive and ridiculous – but that's still no reason to ban it,  August 5, 2018.

Now some whinging Muslim group is blaming him for a (perceived) rise in "hate crimes" against Muslims.

Someone called Tom Chivers has a defense of Boris on a site called Unherd:

Don’t blame Boris for hate crime
A report on anti-Muslim abuse doesn't tell the whole story
September 3, 2019

A year ago, the man who is now Prime Minister was describing Muslim women in burqas as looking like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”. It was in a column for the Daily Telegraph1. Inevitably enough, it caused an uproar, because it was a stupid and ugly thing to say.

Not really, it's a funny thing to say, assuming you're allowed to be funny about people who are dressed funny in public. (Apparently this only applies in Britain to properly-dressed white people. )

The strange thing is that the piece was a defence of Muslim women’s right to wear the full veil, and a condemnation of the Danish government’s decision to ban them. It was a couple of nasty little throwaway lines that caused the outrage, rather than the content itself.

Now, the NGO Tell MAMA, which records anti-Muslim incidents, has said that the piece was followed by a 375% surge in abuse and attacks on Muslims. The Guardian goes further, saying that the comments “led to a surge in anti-Muslim attacks”.

That sounded absolutely extraordinary to me. A 375% increase is enormous. So I thought I’d have a closer look.[More]

I assume that most hate crimes are fake, and what Chivers describes is an uptick in complaints, not crimes. When I described the Muslim complainers as "whinging" above, please note that that their name is literally "Tell MAMA".

What I want to remind you is that allowing people to wear masks in public leads to actual bank robberies. For some reason, this is particularly true in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia and the Burqa Bandits, by David J. Rusin, PJ Media, June 27, 2012

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