“French lawmakers believe the burqa is a growing phenomenon beneath which lies a not-so-subtle message of fundamentalism.”
“French lawmakers Tuesday recommended a partial ban on any veils that cover the face — including the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women. Commission members began their work six months ago after French President Nicolas Sarkozy controversially told lawmakers that the full veil was “not welcome” in France. Sarkozy said the issue is one of a woman’s freedom and dignity, and did not have to do with religion.
Even some Muslims in France think the full veil goes too far.
“There is nothing in the Quran that directs women to cover their faces”, said Imam Hassen Chalghoumi, who runs the Islamic center in Drancy, a Paris suburb. He said it is ridiculous to do so in France.”
Speaking as an equalist, I personally find the burqa to be an anachronism – a vestige of a repressive culture that has no place in a modern, educated and balanced world view. Thankfully, I have very little experience with the subordination or marginalization of women – a very good thing because I find I have zero tolerance for it. I applaud France for making yet another correct, though provocative, step towards driving change.
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