Saturday, 4/16/11, Public Square

France has banned wearing the burqa in public. Who is being protected and at what cost?


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3 responses to “Saturday, 4/16/11, Public Square

  1. indypendent

    I can understand the totally innocent intent of this ban if it is for safety reasons. But if it is simply because some particular group demonizes the Muslims, then it is totally inappropriate.

    So, exactly, what type of violence has been seen by women wearing burqas?

    I wonder how the Christians would feel if they were told they could not wear symbols of the cross in public anymore?

    I’ve always been under the impression the burqa was a symbol of their Muslim religion.

    I must confess, when I see Muslim women around town with their head scarves, I do take a second look. Not because I feel I am superior to them but because that is not the common look in our society.

    And in some cases – I think a few of those professing Christian women could take a few tips and cover themselves up and get rid of the Tammy Faye Baker make-up job. But that’s my own opinion.

  2. I object to the forced wearing of ANY covering in ANY religion. But I do not object to the voluntary submissive wearing of covering as an act of faith by the follower of that faith. If it is forced upon a person it becomes oppressive and loses it’s meaning. The only thing this law will do is prevent women that wear these, either by faith or oppression, to not venture out into public. If they are oppressed, there is no hope for relief of the oppression because they will not be able to reach out to others outside of the oppression. At least those that cover as an act of faith have a choice. They can choose to be reclusive or they can choose to not wear the covering in public. The law will not stop the practice or free those oppressed by it. It WILL make the lives of the oppressed even more oppressive.

    • Freedomwriter

      Moonshadow, well said! Most wear them like a head scarf. Let’s not demonize them for being modest and respectable.