So, we clearly need a stupid song to lead into the taking apart of one of these stories from our favourite reactionary rag.
Two of these kids are playing together
Two of these kids are kind of the same
But one of these kids is doing her own thing
Now it's time to play our game
It's time to play our ga-haaame!
I'm going to mention three objects and you have to pick the odd one out? Ready? Here goes.
Millais School in West Sussex has banned the silver 'purity rings', arguing that they fall foul of the school's no-jewellery policy, which only allows pupils to wear simple single stud earrings.Headscarves are not jewellery. End of. So why are they included in the article? Because if they weren't, there'd be no way to attack Muslims with this drivel.
But the school has been accused of double standards as it allows Muslim pupils to wear headscarves and Sikh pupils kara bracelets as a means of religious expression.
And drivel it is. See, no Christian denomination or sect of any kind include the wearing of a chastity ring as a requirement. But from the Wikipedia article on Kara:
The Sikhs were commanded by Guru Gobind Singh at the Baisakhi Amrit Sanchar in 1699 to wear a steel slave bangle called a Kara at all times. This was one of five articles of faith, collectively called Kakars that form the external visible symbols to clearly and outwardly display ones commitment and dedication to the order (Hukam) of the tenth master and become a member of Khalsa.There's your difference right there. BZZZT! NEXT!
The worrying thing is, that's the only mention of the Kara or Sikhs, but it's not the only mention of Muslim headscarves, even though they're not bloody jewellery. We get:
Rev Brown, 78, a retired Church of England vicar said: 'The ban is totally discriminatory, compared with the way Muslim girls in that school are treated, they are allowed to wear head scarves, symbolising their faith.Rev Brown is full of crap, for the reasons outlined above. School rules say no jewellery, scarves are not jewellery so they're not against the rules. Also, I wonder whether the guy ever even knew that Kara bracelets were allowed or was even bothered. But without mentioning Kara bracelets, the difference between scarves and ring would be too obvious.
I do find the inclusion of Sikhs in this article, and in their other article about the BA cross lady worrying. As well as Melanie Phillips' extra bonus inclusion of Hindus in her column. In including Sikhs and Hindus along with Muslims, who they've long demonised, the Mail are now widening their outrage net to include more brown people. Here, we can see their 'it's not racist because Islam is a religion and not a race' start to slip.