France Parliament Votes to Ban the Burqa

The French Parliament has voted to become the second country (Belgium) to ban full burqas. The lawmakers voted to make it illegal for women to wear a full burqas or nijab in public. It is a direct assault on religious freedom from a nation that helped define the basic rights of all humans.

The vote was an astonishing 335 in favor and only one against.

The law will affect five million Muslims living in France.

The law must still be approved by the Senate after going to the constitutional council for a review.

Source: ITN

83 thoughts on “France Parliament Votes to Ban the Burqa”

  1. we democratic and peace loving people and communist support this ban.because burqa is personal prison and torture of woman.we must stope this talibani instrument burqa

  2. While those who choose to wear the burqa claim that it releases them from the superficial western sexualisation of women, that it liberates women by allowing them freedom from being constantly seen as a sex object, it does the opposite. By preventing lecherous eyes from silently caressing their bodies it highlights the fact that her skin is for the eyes of her husband only, which is at its least oppressive demonstrates an extreme cult of paranoia surrounding the fidelity of women, and at its most indicates the ownership of one man over his woman’s body: that she is not to be the sex object of many, she is already the sex object of one.

    The role of the burqa in denoting sexual ownership seems hard to refute, for while there is no dogma regarding the wearing of the burqa, children are usually thought to be exempt because they are not yet sexual beings – the protection of children’s maidenheads until they are in their teens itself being a benefit of a liberal society, and not one that Qu’ranic literalists are eager to protect.

    If less is more, then Sabine has a hell of a lot of autonomy!

    32-year-old Kenza Drider, who was participating in the protest, told the Guardian that “I’m not here to provoke, but to defend my civil liberties as a French citizen”.

    It seems a contradiction to me to speak of civil liberties when wearing a garment that is the chosen wear of an extreme and fanatical islamic sect, and a worldwide symbol of women’s oppression.

    The French government has a duty to its citizens to protect the rights of its people against deliberate and malicious infringements of their liberties. It has a duty to protect the liberties of the children of France, even in the face of divine sanction.

    It is not acceptable in a liberal, secular society for a child to be born into a family that believes a woman’s body is for the eyes of one man only, that she is either so devoid of self-restraint that if lechers see she will be unable to resist pouncing, or, worse, is the sole object of her husband. And nor is it acceptable that when women in Tehran are beaten for refusing to cover their hair that French muslims should decry an infringement of their liberties by being prevented from buying into the most misogynistic faction of Islam.

    A secular society gives freedom to religion, but the word ‘freedom’ somehow seems grotesquely misplaced when considering the burqa. In our unisex society these women are restricted to only the recreations that allow them to keep their burqa on. This rules out taking part in any sport for which the burqa would be impractical to wear. Even going to the gym would be difficult.

    It would be impossible for a woman in a burqa to eat in public, or go for coffee in a public place. The liberties we so freely take for granted are sacrificed by these women.

    But it is not just about not being able to go swimming (although one woman has tried) or go for a pint. It is about something much more significant. If you allow this kind of fanaticism to be inflicted upon women you are allowing a faction of society to regress to a time pre-suffragettes.

    It is easy to talk of the infringement of liberties when you have a voice, but it is a one-way street. If you are willing to sacrifice your autonomy as a woman you may never get it back

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