If there aren’t enough problems in France with the Arab population not feeling integrated into French society (it’s not just a feeling, the majority are not) then French President Sarkozy wanting to ban the Burka in France will only add to the discord that already exist.
Today I will play Devil’s Advocate and say that there are always two sides to every story and the Burka is no different. For most people in the Western World, the Burka represents suppression to Muslim women; a prison made of tissue. The Burka is an outward symbol that the women wearing them are void of any freedom of expression. We believe instead that these women are living under a male dictatorship imposed upon them by a religion, a father, a husband, an uncle or a brother.
Yes, there are many women living under such circumstances, however, there are just as many women who are wearing the Burka by their own free choice. As hard as it may be for many of us Western women to comprehend, that is the reality of the situation. Yet, because it’s difficult for us to understand, we therefore assume that this is an obligation that has been forced upon these women. (But!…..And it’s a big but!) Is it possible that someone would choose to be covered from head to toe even in the midst of summer and oppressive heat? Apparently so!
By banning such attire, where is the freedom to choose what one wants to wear? Where is this “Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité” that is France? Imagine imposing upon nuns not to wear their habits? For years Catholic nuns had no choice but to wear one, however, in this day and age, they have the right to choose whether to dress in a long habit, a short one, or not wear one at all. Would anyone forbid a nun from wearing a long habit if she still wants to?
If a woman wants to wear a Burka (for whatever mysterious reason that many Western women cannot comprehend ), then she should have that right! However, if a woman does not want to wear a burka and she is being forced to do so, that is an entirely different issue and it should be banned! The problem is – being able to discern the difference!
Maya Muses: The majority of French people support banning the burka, but with an ever growing Muslim population in France, is this ban more related to fear?……And because of this fear, has France chosen to suppress the freedom of expression in deciding what someone can wear? In taking away this freedom, this “right”, has France lost more than it will gain?
This is one battle that no matter what the outcome – people are not going to be happy!