As the Anti-Burka tide rises in Europe (hahaha, Anti-Islamic politics? What religious minority will those wacky Europeans go after next?), I was struck by problems in the law’s reasoning, as well as similarities with the anti-choice anti-abortion nuts here at home.
The law is ostensibly about protecting dignity and equality:
“Given the damage it produces on those rules which allow the life in community, ensure the dignity of the person and equality between sexes, this practice, even if it is voluntary, cannot be tolerated in any public place,” the French government said when it sent the measure to parliament in May.
Much like anti-abortion folks are all about protecting women and their weak little women brains from themselves, this carries an element of that sexism firmly entrenched in the law. Even if a woman makes the choice freely, there is something wrong about it, and she needs to be forcibly freed from her choice by legal means.
Look, I’m personally not a fan of the Burka. I also don’t go around aborting fetuses (well, every weekend anyway). You don’t see me crusading against a woman’s control of her own damn body now do you? Take a lesson from that Europe. Hell, if you hate Muslims THAT much just pass a toothless resolution and be honest about your bigotry. You handled your anti-semitism phase so well, the world is just dying to see how you manage this little hate-fest.