Is the burqa a legitimate garment that is part of religious/cultural expression?
Are you for or against a burqa ban in your country?
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This article will refer to the burqa and the niqab as the Burqa.
Last week German chancellor Angela Merkel shocked the world by stating her support for a burqa ban in Germany. “The full veil must be prohibited wherever that is legally possible” Merkel said. This was in stark contrast to her previous position on burqas. Although It’s a good idea, it’s case of too little too late for Germany. I suspect that Merkel has pushed for a burqa ban to win back public support for re election. Her approval ratings have fallen to an all time low due to her open door refugee policy and four attacks in South Germany allegedly committed by three asylum seekers and one refugee.
Burqa bans are already in place in France, Belgium and Bulgaria. The Netherlands has banned the full veil in schools and on public transport. Burqas are banned in Dutch universities and professions where face to face communication is required. The Ticino region in Switzerland has implemented a burqa ban. Bans are also in place in the Lombardy region in Italy and in the Spanish town of Reus.
Islamic law makes it compulsory for women to wear burqas in front of men who they are not married to or closely related to. Islamic scholars agree that both the burqa and niqab are a part of Islam but they often differ as to whether they are compulsory of optional.
I support a burqa ban by any government that feels the need to outlaw them.
- The burqa fuels contempt for public space. It discourages normal human interaction and encourages mistrust and suspicion. Burqas goes against equality and liberty.
- Burqas pose a significant security issue. Criminals and terrorists can use these garments to conceal their identities.
- Muslim countries force Western women to comply with Islamic dress standards. Therefore its perfectly acceptable to demand the same of Muslims in regards to Western sensibilities and standards.
- The burqa assumes that men are monolithic sexual savages and women are inherent sexual objects that need to be covered up to be considered moral.
- It is not a religious requirement, it’s a cultural practice. The Quran asks for modesty, not complete covering. Many Muslim scholars do not consider it to be a religious obligation. The Late Egyptian Imam Tantawi said “the face veil is a cultural tradition and has nothing to do with Islam. The Quran prescribes modesty, not face covering”.
- Burqas covers up abuse. Higher domestic abuse rates exist in countries where the burqa is commonly worn. 87% of women reported experiencing domestic abuse in Afghanistan, while 90% of women reported experiencing domestic abuse in Pakistan. The burqa not only isolates women, it successfully cuts them off from support systems and external assistance.
- Countries where the burqa is in wide use have low rates of female civic participation. eg Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The burqa is designed to impede and reduce interaction outside of the home. This dehumanises women through such regulations/bans of participation of employment, voting, and driving.
- Quite often females are under orders from their fathers, uncles and brothers to wear a veil. It is commonly enforced through threats, blackmail and intimidation. Women have been punished by acid attacks.
Defenders of the burqa often argue that many Muslim women chose to wear the burqa. I’m sure that there would be a tiny percent who wear it despite objections from male relatives. However, women born into strict Islamic families are often conditioned from birth into believing that they want to wear burqas. Therefore, the argument of “free choice” doesn’t convince me overall.
There is also the argument that a burqa ban could isolate burqa wearers by forcing them into being completely restricted at home. Hence, suffering in complete underground anonymity. The Muslim men who inflict this isolation on their women are part of the minority (which is large in relation to the Muslim global population) problem. This is a violation of human rights via Sharia law. They are a problem in their own nations and they are disastrous for any other nation.
Muslims that are in the problematic minority should not be welcomed in non Islamic nations. Their beliefs and practises are incompatible and dangerous. Visa holders who violate human rights should be deported after serving their sentence. Citizens/nationals need to further assimilate into their countries and governments should be very active in this. I would like to see an abandonment of incompatible cultural practices and for Muslim women to replace the burqa with a hijab. I would also like to see an increase in female civil participation and an elimination of domestic abuse. Modesty and human rights prevail which is technically a win-win situation.
Pro Western burqa supporters claim that a burqa ban does not encourage tolerance or respect. Studies have apparently shown that France and Belgium have seen an increase in intolerance, and even violence, towards women wearing a face veil. This is not acceptable by any means but the burqa bans are not majorly responsible. It’s also due to current global climate, political and societal attitudes, and reactions to events and beliefs perpetuated by the problematic Islamic minority. Ignorance and fear plays a big part too.
We still have work to do when it comes to intolerance but that does not mean that nations should back off when it comes to regulating cultural incompatibility. The incompatible and problematic culture needs to alter itself in order to fit into a nation. A nation should not alter it’s own values in order to pander to a problematic religious minority that gives the majority a bad name.
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