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The Burqa ban is totally unjustified

19 Jul 2011 - 10:49

Islam Times - Belgium recently became the second country in Europe to ban the Burqa. The first was France. It is my view, as of the majority of the people in the World at large that this ban is totally unjustified...

Since when did the government get the right to govern our religious views and fundamental ideas?
If one is to live in a country where they are forced to go against religion for the sake of security, I think either the security system has major lapses or the people running the country are highly narrow-minded.
The council members in France say that burqa clad Muslim women would not be allowed to put a veil on their face as it poses major security issues.
What is even more disheartening to know is that during one of the recent parliamentary sitting in Belgium, around 140 seat holders supported this ban.
Was this move initiated to get attention before the elections or was there some other motive behind it?
The law which has already been imposed on Muslims wearing burqa demands that they can’t cover their face in public places such as streets, gardens, building or any such area which might include public presence. Any person seen wearing a burqa would be fined 15 to 25 euros or/and jail sentence up to a week.
First of all, this law seems very sexist against women. The ban of covering the face is only directed towards women. That means men can cover their faces in public with no legal consequences whatsoever!
Secondly, and most importantly, the law undermines one’s personal freedom of choice. A minority of Muslim women wear the burqa – entirely out of personal choice. If the government feel that the women are “oppressed” they should take a poll amongst burqa-wearing women to find out the truth, rather than vote for it in parliament – members of whom depend on external and unconfirmed “rumours”.
Samuel Bulte, who converted into Islam, stated, “How many robberies are committed wearing burqa? Is this whole operation or law being put into action just because of the fear we have against Muslim terrorists? Would the Muslims be forced to wear crescents on their backs just the way the Jews were forced to wear a yellow star by the Nazis. The government can very well expect hostility from the Muslim communities not just within the country but across the world as a move like this not only forces them to go against a religion but at the same time displays their dominance over other segments of the world.”
One can just hope that this law would not suffice for long as it totally goes against the virtues and principles of any religion. Why take away a personal right to expression when Belgium itself is a country which boasts of diverse and varied linguistic communities.
President Nicolas Sarkozy recently stated that burqas would not be allowed in France adding that it is not a sign of religion but a sign of subservience. He says that he would not allow women walking around in netted uniforms as it gives a feeling that they have been imprisoned and deprived of identity.
Such narrow-minded leaders need to look beyond their own assumptions and realise that at the end of the day, what someone wears is their own personal freedom. It is totally unjustified that such governments are trying to impose their own views on the minorities in their country.
The Burqa ban is totally unjustified
Belgium recently became the second country in Europe to ban the Burqa. The first was France. It is my view, as of the majority of the people in the World at large that this ban is totally unjustified.
Since when did the government get the right to govern our religious views and fundamental ideas?
If one is to live in a country where they are forced to go against religion for the sake of security, I think either the security system has major lapses or the people running the country are highly narrow-minded.
The council members in France say that burqa clad Muslim women would not be allowed to put a veil on their face as it poses major security issues.
What is even more disheartening to know is that during one of the recent parliamentary sitting in Belgium, around 140 seat holders supported this ban.
Was this move initiated to get attention before the elections or was there some other motive behind it?
The law which has already been imposed on Muslims wearing burqa demands that they can’t cover their face in public places such as streets, gardens, building or any such area which might include public presence. Any person seen wearing a burqa would be fined 15 to 25 euros or/and jail sentence up to a week.
First of all, this law seems very sexist against women. The ban of covering the face is only directed towards women. That means men can cover their faces in public with no legal consequences whatsoever!
Secondly, and most importantly, the law undermines one’s personal freedom of choice. A minority of Muslim women wear the burqa – entirely out of personal choice. If the government feel that the women are “oppressed” they should take a poll amongst burqa-wearing women to find out the truth, rather than vote for it in parliament – members of whom depend on external and unconfirmed “rumours”.
Samuel Bulte, who converted into Islam, stated, “How many robberies are committed wearing burqa? Is this whole operation or law being put into action just because of the fear we have against Muslim terrorists? Would the Muslims be forced to wear crescents on their backs just the way the Jews were forced to wear a yellow star by the Nazis. The government can very well expect hostility from the Muslim communities not just within the country but across the world as a move like this not only forces them to go against a religion but at the same time displays their dominance over other segments of the world.”
One can just hope that this law would not suffice for long as it totally goes against the virtues and principles of any religion. Why take away a personal right to expression when Belgium itself is a country which boasts of diverse and varied linguistic communities.
President Nicolas Sarkozy recently stated that burqas would not be allowed in France adding that it is not a sign of religion but a sign of subservience. He says that he would not allow women walking around in netted uniforms as it gives a feeling that they have been imprisoned and deprived of identity.
Such narrow-minded leaders need to look beyond their own assumptions and realise that at the end of the day, what someone wears is their own personal freedom. It is totally unjustified that such governments are trying to impose their own views on the minorities in their country.
The Burqa ban is totally unjustified
Belgium recently became the second country in Europe to ban the Burqa. The first was France. It is my view, as of the majority of the people in the World at large that this ban is totally unjustified.
Since when did the government get the right to govern our religious views and fundamental ideas?
If one is to live in a country where they are forced to go against religion for the sake of security, I think either the security system has major lapses or the people running the country are highly narrow-minded.
The council members in France say that burqa clad Muslim women would not be allowed to put a veil on their face as it poses major security issues.
What is even more disheartening to know is that during one of the recent parliamentary sitting in Belgium, around 140 seat holders supported this ban.
Was this move initiated to get attention before the elections or was there some other motive behind it?
The law which has already been imposed on Muslims wearing burqa demands that they can’t cover their face in public places such as streets, gardens, building or any such area which might include public presence. Any person seen wearing a burqa would be fined 15 to 25 euros or/and jail sentence up to a week.
First of all, this law seems very sexist against women. The ban of covering the face is only directed towards women. That means men can cover their faces in public with no legal consequences whatsoever!
Secondly, and most importantly, the law undermines one’s personal freedom of choice. A minority of Muslim women wear the burqa – entirely out of personal choice. If the government feel that the women are “oppressed” they should take a poll amongst burqa-wearing women to find out the truth, rather than vote for it in parliament – members of whom depend on external and unconfirmed “rumours”.
Samuel Bulte, who converted into Islam, stated, “How many robberies are committed wearing burqa? Is this whole operation or law being put into action just because of the fear we have against Muslim terrorists? Would the Muslims be forced to wear crescents on their backs just the way the Jews were forced to wear a yellow star by the Nazis. The government can very well expect hostility from the Muslim communities not just within the country but across the world as a move like this not only forces them to go against a religion but at the same time displays their dominance over other segments of the world.”
One can just hope that this law would not suffice for long as it totally goes against the virtues and principles of any religion. Why take away a personal right to expression when Belgium itself is a country which boasts of diverse and varied linguistic communities.
President Nicolas Sarkozy recently stated that burqas would not be allowed in France adding that it is not a sign of religion but a sign of subservience. He says that he would not allow women walking around in netted uniforms as it gives a feeling that they have been imprisoned and deprived of identity.
Such narrow-minded leaders need to look beyond their own assumptions and realise that at the end of the day, what someone wears is their own personal freedom. It is totally unjustified that such governments are trying to impose their own views on the minorities in their country.
The Burqa ban is totally unjustified
Belgium recently became the second country in Europe to ban the Burqa. The first was France. It is my view, as of the majority of the people in the World at large that this ban is totally unjustified.
Since when did the government get the right to govern our religious views and fundamental ideas?
If one is to live in a country where they are forced to go against religion for the sake of security, I think either the security system has major lapses or the people running the country are highly narrow-minded.
The council members in France say that burqa clad Muslim women would not be allowed to put a veil on their face as it poses major security issues.
What is even more disheartening to know is that during one of the recent parliamentary sitting in Belgium, around 140 seat holders supported this ban.
Was this move initiated to get attention before the elections or was there some other motive behind it?
The law which has already been imposed on Muslims wearing burqa demands that they can’t cover their face in public places such as streets, gardens, building or any such area which might include public presence. Any person seen wearing a burqa would be fined 15 to 25 euros or/and jail sentence up to a week.
First of all, this law seems very sexist against women. The ban of covering the face is only directed towards women. That means men can cover their faces in public with no legal consequences whatsoever!
Secondly, and most importantly, the law undermines one’s personal freedom of choice. A minority of Muslim women wear the burqa – entirely out of personal choice. If the government feel that the women are “oppressed” they should take a poll amongst burqa-wearing women to find out the truth, rather than vote for it in parliament – members of whom depend on external and unconfirmed “rumours”.
Samuel Bulte, who converted into Islam, stated, “How many robberies are committed wearing burqa? Is this whole operation or law being put into action just because of the fear we have against Muslim terrorists? Would the Muslims be forced to wear crescents on their backs just the way the Jews were forced to wear a yellow star by the Nazis. The government can very well expect hostility from the Muslim communities not just within the country but across the world as a move like this not only forces them to go against a religion but at the same time displays their dominance over other segments of the world.”
One can just hope that this law would not suffice for long as it totally goes against the virtues and principles of any religion. Why take away a personal right to expression when Belgium itself is a country which boasts of diverse and varied linguistic communities.
President Nicolas Sarkozy recently stated that burqas would not be allowed in France adding that it is not a sign of religion but a sign of subservience. He says that he would not allow women walking around in netted uniforms as it gives a feeling that they have been imprisoned and deprived of identity.
Such narrow-minded leaders need to look beyond their own assumptions and realise that at the end of the day, what someone wears is their own personal freedom. It is totally unjustified that such governments are trying to impose their own views on the minorities in their country.
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