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A Hijab Tax in Holland?

The Dutch politician missteps with his suggestion to tax wearers of the Muslim headscarf.

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Mary Jackson

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October 11, 2009 - 12:14 am
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It is not often that I disagree with Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders. His analysis of Islam is astute, and his appreciation of its dangers for the West is unrivaled among politicians. His courage and self-sacrifice are an example to us all: Wilders remains steadfast against threats from Muslim assassins and, despicably, from the Amsterdam Court of Appeal. His banning from Britain, under the then-home secretary and always preposterous Jacqui Smith, was an act of witless, gutless appeasement. In the face of such moral idiocy, his patience is astonishing. If he tires of being branded “far right” and “racist,” the mantra that shuts down all debate, he never shows it — he persistently and calmly states his case. His quarrel is not with individual Muslims, but with the ideology of Islam. His struggle is truly heroic, and I long for an English Geert Wilders.

Just recently, however, and just this once, I think he got it wrong. In an otherwise fine speech to the Dutch parliament, he rather lost his head:

Many Dutch are irritated by the pollution of public space by Islam. In other words, our streets in some places are increasingly looking like Mecca and Tehran. Scarves, hate-beards, burqas, men in long weird white frocks. Let us do something about that. Let us start to reconquer our streets and ensure that the Netherlands will look like the Netherlands again.

Those headscarves are a true sign of oppression of women, of subjugation, of conquest. It is a symbol of an ideology that is out there to colonize us. Therefore: it is time for a big spring-cleaning of our streets. If our new Dutch citizens want so badly to show their love for that seventh-century desert ideology, then they should rather comfortably do that in a Muslim country, but not here, not in our country.

Madam Chairman, this country has an excise tax on petrol and diesel, it has parking permits and a dog tax, it has an airline ticket tax and has a packaging tax, so why not tax the headscarf? A Head Rag Tax. Just pick up a license once a year and immediately pay for it in cash. €1000 a year [$1500] seems like a tidy sum to me. Then we will finally get some money back out of what has cost us so much. I would say: the polluter has to pay. My question: is the government prepared to introduce a headscarf tax?

“Hear, hear,” I thought as I read this. As Hugh Fitzgerald has said many times:

The large-scale presence of Muslims in the countries of Western Europe has led to a situation for the native non-Muslims, and for other, but non-Muslim, immigrants, that is much more unpleasant, expensive, and physically dangerous than would be the case without such a large-scale Muslim presence.

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