To Burka or Not to Burka?
January 29, 2010 19 Comments
She Said: .. this is the question. At least it is in France… while the rest of the non-Islamic world ‘silently’ watches to see what happens next, and can they implement such laws into their non-radical societies, as well.
While I understand the reason for their socialist nonsense reasoning, it doesn’t mean I fully support it or agree with it. Because it borders on – it IS discrimination. But the delicate balance of walking the tight-rope of religious acceptance… does prove to be challenging at best. Especially where a religious practice expects one to be fully covered (nowhere in the Q’ran does it say a woman is to be fully covered – it simply states that men and women are to conduct themselves with modesty). But to use the words ‘condemn’ and ‘unacceptable’ because it is contrary to the values of a republic… well that is just plain, in-your-face discriminatory. It’s pitting one faith (Christianity) against another (Islam)… we simply continue to perpetuate violence and hatred. Lovely. Gotta love religious persecution…
Look: I don’t disagree that wearing the hijab, chadri and/or burka worn by many Muslim women can prove a challenge. I am not opposed to implementing rules that while in schools, hospitals, public transport/offices, airports and government offices… that it is removed, the portion that covers the face, the purdah – that is. But I don’t agree that the hijab should be removed, as long as she can prove nothing is underneath it other than to be used as a head covering. And to deny a woman/child because of her faith the basic and fundamental rights of a so-called Democratic society because she has chosen to cover her head with a headscarf as a sign of her faith… is wrong. Plain and simple. For a country that considers itself a ‘human rights leader’… I suppose that religious condemnation and discrimination doesn’t fall under ‘human rights’… at least not in France.
To even stipulate that the burqa is a symbol of women’s “subservience” that cannot be tolerated in a country that considers itself a human rights leader… is absurd: certainly they haven’t met or come across many a Muslim woman! Because the ones I know, and I know plenty, are far from subservient… Their choice to wear the hijab or burka has nothing to do with subservience… and everything to do with faith – and personal religious choices. I cannot speak for those living in an Islamic country. But those who have escaped or chose to live in a so-called Democratic society rather than the restrictive Islamic Sharia Law – deserve the basic right to practice their faith, without causing harm to others – hijab or not. And the vast majority of Muslims are NOT causing harm to others – are not terrorist hiding bombs under their burkas.
No rather, our fears are causing harm to others.
Banning the full burka in certain situations, I get it. I really do. In hospitals, at airports, in courts or government offices – I get it. In a post 9/11 world, with fears of terrorisms at its peak, I can see how this happens. But to DEMAND and make it law to ban even the hijab in public – takes it too far. Christians around the world would revolt if there was a ban on crosses or on any religious garb/paraphernalia in public places…
DISCRIMINATION!!! UNACCEPTABLE!!! UNCIVILIZED!!! UNCHRISTIAN!!! OH NO HELL NO!!!
Yes – we would hear those words, along with a few more choice ones being yelled from every media outlet available.
Should we ban nuns from wearing head pieces as well? What about Orthodox Jewish women? What about our Wester KKK??? If such a ban is to be implemented, it must not discriminate and be targeted at one particular faith… rather be set for ALL faiths that cover their heads or faces. And that isn’t the case here.
France has simply chosen to go after Muslims because they are an easy target. It is discrimination. It violates all human rights laws. All in the name of fear. Vive La France.
Picture this: a flight on the Emirates Airline from Bahrain to Schipol airport in Amsterdam. Let’s also say, for the sake of argument, that the business class section of the plane has some Arab women seated about in full burqua dress, waiting for the plane to taxi to the runway and take off. Continuing on the standard timeline of aircraft, let’s say that we are now 36,000 feet in the air, and the fasten seatbelt sign turns off as we are now free to move about the cabin.
-And, since this is a COMPLETELY HYPOTHETICAL EVENT THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN ABOUT A BILLION TIMES (*cough* *cough* *bullshit* *cough*) let’s for shit’s sake say that about ALL of the women in business class reach into the overhead cmopartment, remove a satchel, and make a dash for the toilets… to later emerge in FULL western clothing to include makeup and pumps.
All crap aside I have seen this on literally every international flight from the Mid East to anywhere that was not predominately muslim. These chicks, as soon as they are removed from both their oppressive environment and any familial oversight, try to get out of that ninja suit as quickly as possible. THEY know that it is a garment used to control them, to hide them from the world, and backlash as soon as they get out and they HATE wearing that garbage. Hell, I used to have Arabic women that I met in Kuwait (which was a feat unto itself) come to my flat in full regala, only to take it off at the threshold to show off the blue jeans and tee shirts they wore underneath.
This is not an opinion that I have cultivated from years of research or interviews, nor is there any friggin article that I can link that can justify any of this. What I can present to you as a means of justification is simple:
I LIVED IN THE MID EAST FOR 4 YEARS, AND FAIRLY RECENTLY AT THAT.
-Which is why going to a “western” country and seeing the full veil in actual use just blows my fucking mind. These are obviously muslim women that are living in societies that support freedom on multiple levels, that actually have organizations in place, legally recognized groups and laws, that actively promote equality and freedom of the fairer sex… and they still insist on wearing something that is NOT mentioned in the Koran as mandatory for piety (last time I checked, but I think I was drunk) and is REALLY not complimentary to those hips girlfriend!!!
Alright, enough of that.
Quick quiz; you ever see a Turkish girl wear the hijab? -Or a Lebanese? Jordanian? Yeah, some do, but not the bulk of them by any measure. When I asked the only Turkish girl I know (who conveniently works in the same office) why she does not wear hers, as I know she is muslim, she had these awesome words to say in her broken, nasal english:
“that black sack? It is too fucking hot, and Allah cares for my beliefs not my costume.”
I just hope that the root reasoning behind the obvious non-integration process that these women are practicing is only a blatant way of “sticking it to the Man”, and not part of a patient strategy to take advantage of a free society to the point that we, in fact, adapt to them.
UPDATE: This is what they hide under that costume, or at least in MY mind it is.