It’s a circus but no one is laughing

The horrific events of last week are abhorrent to any right thinking person. What was required immediately after was the need to engage with the Muslim community with empathy and understanding. The prime minister stepped up admirably to fulfil the unenviable task that was hers to undertake. As the week progressed she made various other announcements including two minutes of silence and a National Day of Mourning. These, along with the vigils, are entirely appropriate.

The other proposals illustrated a level of thinking whereby commonsense went out the window. There appeared to be a thought process that what was required went beyond what most would consider to be a measured response.

The broadcast of the call to prayer was simply not necessary. While we welcome Muslims to our shores, we are a Christian country and therefore the broadcast was inappropriate. It could even be construed as virtue signalling.

Without a doubt, the call to fancy dress was virtue signalling. Encouraging women who are not of the Muslim faith to wear religious headgear is, quite frankly, bizarre. Led by the prime minister herself, we had those who think they are famous in society such as broadcasters predictably turning up for the photo ops.

One group, featured on this blog, didn?t look like they were the least bit upset, which they should have been, bearing in mind the reason they had various bits of material draped around their craniums. The rest of the clothes they wore bore little relation to the reason why they had tried to cover their heads. That, in my view, is an insult to Muslim women.

I am amazed at the extent to which people and organisations have bought into this hysteria. A Church of England school has changed its dress code to allow the wearing of the hijab. Why? Because fifty people were massacred? That is not a reason. If Muslim children wish to attend a Christian school then they don?t wear the hijab.

If a Christian child attended a Muslim school they would be expected to wear the hijab and rightly so. To be kind, it appears the prime minister acted in a way she thought was desirable in the circumstances.

The problem is that often decisions made without careful consideration can have the opposite outcome to that which you are trying to achieve.

Wearing something that is supposed to resemble a hijab is a case in point. How easy is it to suggest that by this action these women are achieving nothing more than supporting the subjugation of women, particularly Muslim women.

We need to be very careful as a country that in circumstances like these we don?t lose our way in the heat of the moment. We need wise heads to prevail. There is a level of moderation required in the response. Step over that line and you risk asking for trouble. Things that you think might unify can very easily cause division. The media, as expected, have fuelled this as hard as they can. It?s easy to fill pages and pages when what has happened suits your narrative. I see Newshub is now blaming the National Party. So predictable.

The prime minister, assisted by the MSM and others who should know better, has, by overstepping the mark, succeeded in turning this country?s worst ever tragedy into a circus.