The Niqab (Face-veil) ban Law, that was passed out in France a few days ago, is a topic i have been trying to mentally avoid with no luck, so here goes.
In a country (Lebanon) fighting for it’s own secular state, the definition of Secularism is still fresh and ready: separation of state from religion. Which entitles equality of everyone based on the simple fact that everyone is human (full-stop).
A country that claims Secularism (France) has been scuffling with Islamic dress-code for a while now, first with the headscarf, that eventually was banned in all schooling premises (even for parents picking up their children) and now with the face-veil/Niqab ban. Even further, the arguments in favor of the law are everything But secular…
1. Muslim states enforce a clothing law on it’s residents regardless of their religion, so muslims have no right to complain when the same happens to them in non-Muslim countries…
…. 1. these countries are … too few to earn the reputation of the majority, and in most cases, it’s is socially unacceptable to dress in a revealing manner, but not punishable by law.
2. these “countries” don’t pretend to be democratic or secular
3. these “countries” shouldn’t be encouraged to continue in this manner and should be pushed to address the issue of freedom of religion and cloth
2. The Niqab is not a forced Islamic dress and therefore should not create outrage in the Muslim community…
…. Secular French Government meddling with religion’s premises? I do believe it not for any government to decide what is and what is not acceptable and required of a religious practice. And that when such meddling does occur, it should be condemned.
3. The countries security is at stake…
…. How many women wear Niqab in France? In Europe? In the West? How much of threat are they to society?
Incidents have occurred where people used niqab to hide their identity in illegal activities, but people have done that under many other covers and without covers as well.
… these are too name a few of the highlights, but the list of un-reasoning can go on till tomorrow
“Beyond symbolizing the precepts of religion in this unique post 9-11 era, veils also graphically articulate the widening chasm between West and East.” … so instead of educating people on human rights, tolerance and acceptance, we just make everyone fit one mold and accept discrimination based on garment?
Banning a facial garment is equivalent to banning males from growing their hair into pony tails…
I would love to see how this Law will fly in a Human Rights conference..
Instead of liberating women from their veils, maybe we should focus on liberating minds from in-tolerance.
Wearing the burqa in our streets is a hostile act: the French are right to ban it – Catholic Herald
France’s burqa ban: A brave step that we Muslims should welcome – The Christian Science Monitor
French niqab ban-2 – Arab News
Full-face veils outlawed as France spells out controversial niqab ban – The Guardian
How a Niqab Ban Lifts the Veil on Problems East and West – MidEast Posts
Europe goes communal – Daily Times
France’s Niqab Ban: Tricolor Face of the New Feminism – BagNewsNotes.com