Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sarkozy to ban burqas

SHOOT: As a pantheist I'm tolerant but not supportive of the wearing of any overly religious/tribal insignia, from Jewish yamalkas, to Christian crosses around one's neck, to burqas, to KKK uniforms and swastikas. Why be weary of all this stuff? Because nationalism and tribalism is based on the notion that one group of people is superior (has an exclusive right) to another, and such attitudes beget war.
clipped from news.yahoo.com
Two women, one wearing the niqab, a veil worn by the most conservative Muslims

PARIS – President Nicolas Sarkozy said the Muslim burqa would not be welcome in France, calling the full-body religious gown a sign of the "debasement" of women.

"In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity," Sarkozy said to extended applause at the Chateau of Versailles, southwest of Paris.

"The burqa is not a religious sign, it's a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement — I want to say it solemnly," he said. "It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic."

A leading French Muslim group, the French Council for the Muslim Religion, has warned against studying the burqa, saying it would "stigmatize" Muslims.

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