Get ready for Freedom Sack Rage!
“I need a hijab, to set me free, I need a hijab for my identity,Â with my Islamic delusion, and my portable seclusion, I’m gonna be, I’m gonna be, I’m gonna beeeeee: such a good, such a good such a good Muzzie…”
- From Sheik Yer’mami’s ‘Muzzie boogie”…
Why not ban full veil, says French government spokesman
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Breeders for jihad….
Official’s remarks reignite debate over ability of Sarkozy administration to reconcile secularism with religious diversity
France’s ability to reconcile secularism with religious diversity came under fresh scrutiny today after the government said it would not rule out banning Muslim women from wearing the full Islamic veil.
Five years after a law was passed forbidding children from wearing the headscarf or any other “conspicuous” religious symbol in schools, the government indicated it was prepared to wade into another thorny row over the state’s right to tell individuals what not to wear.
* That’s where the government is wrong: Its not about “the state’s right to tell individuals what not to wear” – its about stoppingÂ misogyny, oppression and brainwashing. Its about empowering, liberating illiterate, gullible females. Most of all its about stopping a political movement monster called Islam dead in its tracks./ed
Speaking after a group of MPs requested an inquiry into the “degrading” use of the burka and niqab, government spokesman Luc Chatel said it was important to establish to what extent women’s rights were being compromised by the garments.
“If it were determined that wearing the burka is a submissive act, and that it is contrary to republican principles, naturally parliament would have to drawn the necessary conclusions,” he said. When asked whether that could mean bringing in legislation to ensure an outright ban, Chatel answered: “Why not?”
Although there are no official figures, several thousand women are believed to wear the full veil in France, and their appearance has long caused consternation among the upholders of the country’s staunchly secular values. Last year a Moroccan woman was refused French citizenship after social services found she wore a burka and was living “in total submission” to her husband.
The Communist MP who led the call this week for an inquiry, AndrÃ© Gerin, denounced the garments as walking prisons. In his request, backed by 57 other MPs, mostly from Nicolas Sarkozy’s centre-right UMP party, he said: “The sight of these imprisoned women is already intolerable to us when they come from Iran, Afghanistan or Saudi Arabia … It is totally unacceptable on French soil.”
For a ban to be implemented, an investigation would first have to be opened and its results studied for any sign of incompatibility between secular values and the use of the full veil. President Sarkozy, who recently defended France’s division between the state and religion during a press conference with Barack Obama, is understood to be in favour of the issue being explored.
Sarkozy’s leftwing urban policies secretary, herself a Muslim and former president of a women’s rights group, today gave her support to “a total ban” on the burka. “I am for the banning of this coffin which kills basic freedoms,” Fadela Amara told Le Parisien newspaper. “This debate has to clear the way to a law which protects women.”
This point of view, however, is not shared by everyone. Muslim leaders have urged politicians not to create more tension between communities.
“To raise the subject like this, via a parliamentary committee, is a way of stigmatising Islam and the Muslims of France,” said Mohammed Moussaouni, head of the French Council for the Muslim Faith. He said the full veil remained a marginal choice for most Muslim women, and such a provocative move threatened to alienate those more moderate in their practices.
His plea for the motion to be left alone was echoed by the immigration minister, Eric Besson, who said that, since 2004, France had “managed to strike a balance, and it would be dangerous to call that into question”.
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