The Danish Parliament is all set to ban the burqa as well as the niqab (which covers everything).
Several countries in Europe: France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Bavaria have placed restrictions on the wearing of burqa and niqab, or full face-covering religious Islamic coverings.
“This is not a ban on religious clothing, this is a ban on masking,” declared a spokesman for the Danish Liberal Party.
“There will come a masking ban in Denmark. That’s how it is,” said Denmark’s foreign minister.
The burqa has been a ridiculous debated subject in all of Europe. An omen of the Islamic oppression of women.
Journalist Nabila Ramdani reported for The Guardian, against the burqa ban:
“The myth around which France’s burqa ban was formulated is hugely offensive. It suggests that a cartel of faceless bogeywomen dressed in medieval black personify an alien religion, one whose values threaten those of the secular French republic and, by implication, those of all civilised nation states.
“As Britain faces up to a wide range of divisive issues involving allegedly alien groups, it would do well to beware a French-style burqa ban. The legislation has done nothing for liberty and justice. As an increasingly sorry caseload within France’s court system testifies, it is a petty issue blown out of all proportion, one that ultimately creates nothing but hatred and violence.”
The French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy argued this in The Huffington Post:
“People say, “The burqa is a dress, at most a costume. We’re not going to make laws about clothing and costumes.” Error. The burqa is not a dress, it’s a message, one that clearly communicates the subjugation, the subservience, the crushing and the defeat of women.
“People say, “Perhaps it’s subjugation, but it’s done with consent. Get it out of your mind that malicious husbands, abusive fathers, and local tyrants are forcing the burqa on women who don’t want to wear it.” Fine. Except that voluntary servitude has never held water as an argument. The happy slave has never justified the fundamental, essential, ontological infamy of slavery. And, from the Stoics to [19th century thinker] Elisée Reclus, from Schoelcher to Lamartine to Tocqueville, all who rejected slavery provided us with every possible argument against the minor added outrage that consists of transforming victims into the authors of their own misery.”
What are your thoughts folks? Is the burqa a symbol of religious anti-woman traditionalism?