Thursday, September 16, 2010
The French? Really?
"France risked the wrath of the Islamic world on Tuesday by banning burqas and other full-body robes worn by some Muslim women, in a long-debated move that shows the depth of concern over the rise of Muslim culture in Europe.
The vote—passed primarily by the center-right party of President Nicolas Sarkozy, with most opposition Socialist Party lawmakers abstaining—came as a number of European countries are trying to figure out how to reconcile the values of modern Europe with more assertive expressions of Islamic faith..." (SOURCE)
France being ballsier than the US...it's a little disconcerting, isn't it? Truthfully though, I would normally be against banning a type of dress. Obvious security considerations aside, it offends my government-hands-off sensibilities. BUT, when it comes to Islam, there is no way to be sure this is indeed the choice of the woman wearing the oppressive sheath. That complicates the matter because then it becomes a civil/human rights issue...