Two Muslim women have claimed they were refused a bus ride because one had her face covered by a veil.
The students, both 22 and from Slough, Berkshire, boarded a Metroline bus from Russell Square to Paddington, London. But they said when they presented their tickets on Tuesday, the driver told them they were a "threat" to passengers and ordered them off the bus.
Now obviously, two people sitting on public transport hiding their faces and unable to be identified, and also wearing the same garb previously used by many to disguise themselves while committing acts of terrorism, can quite reasonably be considered a threat to the public until further investigation is conducted. The media, and the Muslim Council of Britain, will try to tell you that thinking this constitutes "bigotry". Do not buy it.
One of the women, "Yasmin", says: "I realised it wasn't due to me getting on the bus, this may be a racist attack." In actual fact, it is unlikely that the bus driver could even see what race she was through the black sack, but in any case, the Islamic veil is not racial garb, and so can be opposed by anybody of any race.
The other woman, "Atoofa", said that she "hoped the driver would be educated about why women wear the traditional Islamic dress". This is somewhat amusing given that many Muslims tell us that the full veil is actually not an Islamic requirement at all, and that anyone who says otherwise is an Islamophobe. Therefore, if we're being consistent here (which is admittedly not something Muslims excel at), Atoofa's calls to educate the bus driver about "why women wear the traditional Islamic dress" - which must necessarily involve discussing the theological justification for the veil - are a manifestation of Islamophobia, and thus a source of "deep concern" to the Muslim Council of Britain.
And speaking of the MCB, they say: "Such incidents are sadly becoming more common. They have been fuelled against the climate of increasing anti-Muslim rhetoric and hostility, in particular on the part of sensationalised stories by the media, demonising Muslims in the eyes of the wider public."
As I wrote here a while ago, Muslims have been conditioned by their own holy book to believe that everyone hates them. The MCB's fantasies here, despite the tolerance the British people have actually shown towards Islam in the face of the relentless hostility it shows to us all the time, are indicative of this trend. The idea that Muslims themselves have any responsibility to regain the trust of non-Muslims doesn't enter their heads, and nor will it ever.
Anyway, I must congratulate the bus driver on his courage in this case, and I hope others follow his example. And by the way, who ever heard of Muslims doing anything dangerous on public transport?