This is the face of the future in our Western (non-Islamic) world. Before I continue, I’d like to remind people that a country’s immigration policies is directly linked to demographics and fertility rates. If you’re wondering why so many new immigrants, migrants and asylum seekers are allowed entry into Europe, Canada and the USA, the stark answer is that Western women are not having enough babies. It’s as simple as that. In any given society, when the death rate is higher than the birth rate, there’s a serious problem. Shrinking populations are a direct threat to economic growth and prosperity (jobs) as well as pensions, healthcare and social services.
I’ve just come from a shopping mall located on the western fringe of Paris (Les Quatre Temps at La Défense.) On this Saturday afternoon, the place was awash with hijabis (Muslim women wearing hijabs.) Many were also wearing abayas, a long cloak made of black synthetic fiber combined with a headscarf or face veil. Here’s what I thought as two young women wearing the abaya and the hijab walked past me: C’est la nouvelle mode. (This is the new fashion.) As I walked along, my thoughts went further. I pictured a future issue of Parisian ELLE magazine with a hijabi on its cover, the caption underneath reading La Nouvelle Mode. Well, why not? As a follower of fashion trends my whole life (my mother was editor of several fashion magazines in Toronto), I can recognize a tendency when I see it.
But this is not a fad or a fashion craze. This is an ideology exported from the Middle East to Eastern Africa, Mali, northern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia), and onwards to proliferate in Europe and the West in general. This ideology is a vision of the world and society that is not ours. Just one random example: girls as young as four being forced to wear the hijab. Why would a little girl be required to dress modestly and conceal her hair? A little girl’s body is not sexual; it does not need to be covered or protected from the male gaze. An utterly repugnant practice that I have personally witnessed in Lille, France.
As an active member of society who volunteers for the French charity, Secours Populaire, works full-time and contributes a ton of taxes to the government, I’d like to be able to speak openly on any number of social issues affecting us today.
Like everyone else, I notice the world around me. Arriving in Paris in the 1990s up to five years ago, I never saw a hijab. Now they’re everywhere. I wish to examine why that is. But can I?
THE TYRANNY OF POLITICAL CORRECTNESS (or, in other words, self-censorship.)
Political correctness allows no room for dissent, or even healthy debate and discussion. PC dictates what is acceptable. If you dare speak out against the norm, you risk being labelled as a right-wing bigot.
One political commentator said, “Political correctness doesn’t change us, it shuts us up.”
In George Orwell’s novel, 1984, the state controls how people think through Newspeak: the elimination of words that are considered harmful. Similarly, political correctness controls how people think by eliminating both words and ideas from public discourse. Hence, it is a means of thought control.
I’ll leave you with this healthy and perfectly civil discussion in London, England on this topic. We need to have more of these.