Wednesday, September 15, 2010

France outlaws burkas

The French legislature recently passed a bill outlawing the wearing of burkas in public places, and all that remains is president Sarkozy's signature to pass this into law. I'm no expert on French law, but I am willing to bet that the French constitution contains similar freedoms to the American constitution, including freedom of religion. Of course the wearing of a burka is not necessarily part of the religious practices of Islam, but is seen by some, according to the Qur'an, to be a necessary part outside for it's practitioners, and I believe that constitutes as enough of a reason to protect it under the veil, so to speak, of religious freedoms.
A clear counter-argument would be that burkas are incredibly sexist, and, while that may be based in truth, this is part of the foundation of the religion. However, the biggest issue here is the message it sends to Islamic extremists. It only shows them the opposition they have in the western world and it strengthens their beliefs that the west is intolerant of their religion.
While France is the first country to outlaw full-face burkas, many other European countries are considering a ban as well, and with that, "Islamophobia" will seem, especially to practitioners and even more to extremists, to be in full swing.

15 comments:

  1. Let them do what they want...
    supportin you dude ;)

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  2. Very interresting blog, i've read a few of your posts and i really like how you're writing :)

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  3. Nice, I've never thought of it like that!

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  4. this just gives the extremists a reason to attack

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  5. Supported!

    http://varmsaus.blogspot.com/

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  6. Yeah, we'll see if that actually flies lol

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  7. kind of rediculous don't u think?

    showin my support, come do the same! I'm trying to get more followers for my SC2 blog about the zerg

    http://zergitup.blogspot.com

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  8. I think it is really hard to decide on this issue. I'm not even sure how I would vote if there was a vote about the burkas. Difficult topic!

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  9. I'm glad to see you're beating inertia today.

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  10. oh god this is going to cause a fucking war

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  11. Looking for some new content, gogogo!!!

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