It is totally wrong to generalise and to say that
“Muslims who have been living in Europe for decades refuse to be integrated and remain fairly isolated within their religious and ethnic communities.”
Many Muslims have a proper job and talk about the same general matters as other believers and go to the same super and hypermarkets like other civilians in that country.
It is also wrong to suppose women cannot make up their own mind and would not be able to choose their own religion and would not be able to decide themselves how they want to cloth themselves. Like atheist, Christian or Protestant women can choose themselves what they want to believe and to which religion or denomination they want to adhere, Muslim women also can be smart enough to decide themselves to which denomination in the Islamic religion they want to be apart of and in which way they want to follow the rules of that denomination.
The burkini, also known as a halal swimsuit, modestly covers all but the face, hands and feet, consisting of a top and a bottom. It resembles a wet suit with a head covering.
It has become popular with pious Muslim women, those women (like British cooking celebrity Nigella Lawson) who wear it to avoid a tan, and pious Jews have adopted a variant garment.
Lots of people do forget with a burkini the face is not covered and the clothing clearly shows the women contours and no weapons can be hidden under that clothing whilst under a male’s loose t-shirt a bomb-belt can be worn as well under the coats of people on the street weapons can be carried.
On television we saw a man saying the burkini had to be banned because weapons could be hidden, but he himself was wearing a loose T-shirt where much more could be hidden than by that Muslim woman. So normally he also should have been asked to undress.
When the French are afraid women would hide weapons under their burkini than they also should have going to forbid males and females to be dressed with covering clothes on the streets and in the shops in Summer time and Wintertime.
Can you imagine it: all having to run on European streets in a bikini or monokini whilst it is freezing cold?
The burkini poses no danger to public security. Unlike the burqa or niqab, it leaves the face uncovered. Relatively tight-fitting, it leaves no place to hide weapons.
If a woman wishes to dress modestly on the beach, that is her business, and not the state’s.
Issues concerning Islam are arguably Europe’s No. 1 concern, ahead even of the European Union and the financial crisis. They need to be dealt with by confronting real problems, not by focusing on symbolic irrelevancies such as burkinis, halal shops and minarets. Burqas and niqabs must be banned (as the German government may soon do); freedom of speech about Islam and Muslims must be reconfirmed, Saudi and Iranian funding for religious purposes must be cut and a single legal code must apply to all.
The French better concentrate onto the real issue and should demand their state to take care of all citizens, whatever belief they may have, that they can live in a free country not having to fear Islamic or other fundamentalist terrorists and let Muslims and others wear what they wish to the beach.
Preceding article: French showing to the whole world their fear and weaknesses
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- This Burkini on the beach business is making me feel uneasy.
- Binding divides
- An end to the burkini hullabaloo?
- Stop. Trying. To. Strip. Me.
- Fashion and the re-inscription of Muslim identity – a female only space
- Deciding what to wear in another culture
- Why do you care what we wear?
- Ce Saint Que Je Ne Saurais Voir: Réflexions sur le «BurkiniGate» (FR)
After the ban on burkinis in Cannes, the issue of Muslim women covering their faces has become the focal point of discussion recently. Is it right to cover your face and your whole body for the sake of religion and are European governments right in their assumption that banning full-face veils and burkinis is the way to “liberate” Muslim women? I have the feeling that this topic is so sensitive that any attempt to scrutinize it made end up tragically.
Ever since France became the arena of frequent terrorist attacks, the French government has been trying to figure out a way to increase the security of its citizens and to prevent any future disasters. But we should ask ourselves whether banning the traditional veil is the right way to manage the situation, especially now when other European countries like Germany consider banning full-face veils as well.
Sara Silvestri, a professor…
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