Oh Mr. Sarkozy, je ne comprends pas what you’re trying to accomplish by banning the burqa.
Earlier this week, French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a speech to the French Parliament condemning the burqa. As you know, the burqa is a covering that some Islamic women wear depending on whatever interpretation of the religion they follow. Mr. Sarkozy said that he believes women who wear the burqa are “prisoners behind netting, cut off from all social life, deprived of identity.”
The day after the president’s speech, the French National Assembly formed a committee to study the burqa and possibly even ban the garment. France has already banned the burqa in public schools.
So here’s the deal… I don’t support a policy that requires the burqa, but can I really support a policy that bans women from choosing to wear the burqa? Are French men more entitled to freedom of religion than french women? Maybe I just love talking about choice, but it seems to me that freedom of choice includes the freedom to have religious beliefs and the freedom to dress yourself without the government peeping through your window.
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