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>Sarkozy is right to abhor the burqa

>Good on Sarkozy for having the balls to say what too many of today’s multi-culti cowards will not.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy says the Muslim burqa is a sign of subservience for women that undermines their dignity.

For clarity. This is a burqa:

And for the nitwits who think a hijab and a burqa are basically the same thing here’s the difference:

Mr Sarkozy made the comments during a historic address in a special sitting of both houses of the French Parliament at the Palace of Versailles.

For more than a century, French presidents have been banned from speaking directly to Senators and MPs.

The argument has always been that parliament should preserve its independence from the president but Mr Sarkozy changed the rules.

That was controversial enough, but perhaps not as controversial as what he used the address for: stating that the burqa was an affront to women.

“The burqa is not a sign of religion. It is a sign of enslavement. It is a sign of subservience,” he said.

Exactly correct. There are few greater symbols of oppression than the burqa. It’s up there with the swastika, the hammer and sickle and the KKK insignia.

The French leader spoke in favour of a recent call by 65 French MPs to create a parliamentary commission to study a small but growing trend of wearing the full body religious garment in France.

“I want to say officially, it will not be welcome on the territory of the French republic,” he said.

“We cannot accept in our country women imprisoned behind netting; cut off from any social life, deprived of any identity.

“This is not the idea the French republic has of a woman’s dignity.”

Some parliamentarians boycotted Mr Sarkozy’s historic speech, dismissing the President’s address as nothing more than a public relations stunt.

But Mr Sarkozy struck a chord among the French population, who voted overwhelmingly in favour of his centre right UMP party in the recent European elections.

The head of European research at the Global Policy Institute at the London Metropolitan University, Jacques Reland, is a keen observer of French politics.

“I think a lot of people in France feel really ill at ease with the burqa,” he said.

I went to the local shopping mall on the weekend and there was a woman dressed in a burqa. It is a confronting sight. How it can be defended as a personal choice when it’s clearly not is yet another sign of the cognitive dissonance of the left.
“I am pretty sure that a lot of French people are saying yes, [what Mr Sarkozy said] is the way it should be.”

Sarah Joseph is the editor of Britain’s only Muslim lifestyle magazine, emel.

She says many Muslim women use the burqa as an expression of their faith and are not forced to wear it by anyone else.

“I mean, I colour my hair. I don’t wear [some forms of Islamic dress] myself but I will defend someone’s right to do so or not to do so,” she said.

“If you deny a woman’s right to choose, that is denying them dignity and denying them their freedom, and it won’t create a society of more integrated French citizens, it will create a division in France which will be very unfortunate and deny women their right to participate fully in French society.”

Cognitive dissonance on full display in all its glory…

Mr Sarkozy says he is just defending a secular state.

France is home to an estimated five million Muslims. In 2004, the country passed a law forbidding any conspicuous religious symbols from state schools, including veils, which were also banned in government offices.

Charles Johnson at LGF used a very appropriate quote from Christopher Hitchens the other day, “The secular state is the guarantee of religious pluralism. This apparent paradox, again, is the simplest and most elegant of political truths.”

The burqa is a symbol of a backward, unenlightened society.

If we in the modern world accept such a symbol of oppression then do we advance our society, do nothing to our society or diminish or society and values?

Paradoxically, those on the left think that accepting the burqa is an example of our advancement.

Clear thinking people have a different view.

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Categories: France, Islam, Politics, Religion
  1. June 23, 2009 at 10:19 am

    >Luke said:If women are free to wear that ridiculous pepper shaker outfit, then I should be able to walk into a bank dressed as a Ninja.

  2. June 23, 2009 at 8:48 pm

    >I have heard that there are a couple of State Supreme Court cases where the accuser or defendent insist on wearing full face covering. How can you face your accuser or claim according to our laws when you hide? And the multiculturalists are pushing this to further dissolve cultures in place.

  3. August 20, 2009 at 5:05 am

    >I don't agree with you.I think we should respect their choice to keep following their own culture no matter how retarded it is if they are into it. If you wanna walk into the bank in ninja clothing, why don't you do so ? It is your belief or prejudice that does not let you do so easily. If you really believe it, I bet there is no problem with that. I have never seen such an offensive opinion on one's own culture. I have never complained about scottish men wearing skirts.what a stupid idea to ban culture trends according to his personal interest !

  4. January 22, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    >Iam a muslim girl wearing hijab n don't like seeing niqabi women coz it's too extreme by Islamic standard. Burka must be banned not only in the west but also in non-arab muslim countries.

  5. July 7, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    >Listen up folks! What's wrong with women feeling the need to cover? Don't you find it embarassing when men stare at you, yes it is "flattering" to those who want it, but some people are shy. @Ellen K :It's not hiding from your it's accuser. Muslim women are just trying to follow thier religion even in the times of justice. If anyone is allowed to walk the streets nude, why is a women not allowed to cover? @Luke: It's NOT a ridiculous "pepper outfit", for goodness sake! Our founding fathers (of America) gave the right of religion! A ninja is a totally different thing than a hijabi. Why do you people keep arguing without knowing truly what their (the muslim's) religion teaches??? @renoirbleu: yes i agree that we need to respect their choice, but you just stopped your claim calling your own religion retarded! Shameful! I don't mean to start a lecture, but learn a little more about it before you call anything retarded (no disrespect intended). But as you said, it's wrong to ban (NOT CULTURAL!) Religous acts (NOT extremism!) by personal interests!@ Ya'all: I'm glad I studied up Islam cuz a lot of people have many misunderstandings. Please, understand that the media displays a bad image on muslims, but everyone themselves should look for the truth. I know a lot of muslims, and most of them are the kindest people i know. From what I understand, hijab has a lifestyle with it, and not a bad one. Please contact these people, or look at these sites, and learn about all people with understanding…WhyIslam (recommmended)WhyNotIslamTryIslamMiraclesofquran.com (recommended)Nouman Ali KhanAnwar Al AwlakiZakir Naik (recommended)there are many muslim hijabisThere are many non-muslim hijabis… I am a proud hijabi…Know that means i'm not brainwashed!

  6. July 7, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    >At Anonymous hijabi:Niqab/Burqa is Not to extreme by Islamic standards!!!Just shut your Trap!!!!Someones clothing SHOULD NOT BE BANNED ANYWHERE unless it is extremly offensive (which hijab should not be) such as things to do with s'e'x; drug; abuse; etc! (such as the things banned by schools/colleges)DONT BE A DUMB B'U'T'T ABOUT UR OWN RELIGION!!!!

  7. July 8, 2010 at 3:04 am

    >Salam alaikum. Al-hijab, al-burqa, and al-niqab are all forms of dress. As we are all created free and equal, no form of dress should ever be REQUIRED OR FORBIDDEN, unless as my verbally explosive friend above stated – it is "extremly offensive… such as [dress appertaining] to… s'e'x; drug[s]; abuse; etc.". Unfortunately, these three forms tend to be viewed at two extremes. On Sarkozy's side are those who view the dress as some form of imprisonment, a negative and offensive enforcement of religion, that should be banned. On the other side are religious extremists that claim the dress is vital to a woman's morality, and would not allow her to go without it under any circumstance. Neither side is right. This dress has many advantages and disadvantages – each women MUST be allowed to choose for herself whether she wishes to wear it. I have spoken to many muslim women – ones required by law to wear it, ones who have personally chosen to wear it, ones who have rejected it – and each has reasons for or against it. Many embrace it; many do not. As a result, it MUST NOT be allowed to become law – either required or forbidden. It MUST remain an individual's choice. My personal opinion, irrelevant though it may be, is that the niqab is a beautiful contrast to the ever-increasing trend of immodesty that characterizes particularly the western cultures, actually liberates its wearers from being constantly judged by their appearance instead of their character, and furthermore promotes the concept of 'haya' – reservedness or modesty that is so beautiful in a woman's character. I don't see that the hijab provides enough coverage to accomplish all this quite as effectively, while the burqa seems to overdo it, providing the same effect while being needlessly cumbersome. However, though I would personally choose (as a non-Muslim woman) to wear the niqab here in North America, were it not considered such an offensive religious display, I respect every woman's opinion and choice, and sincerely desire that all laws regarding this dress be lifted, to truly free women around the world. I would welcome feedback on this comment, especially from Muslim women, and am also very eager to know what the Qu'ran says about this issue, as I am still learning Arabic, and do not know enough yet to read it in it's original language. Masalamah.

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