Saturday, May 01, 2010

Belgium bans burqas

Belgium bans burqas.This is encouraging news, after all I spend so much time lamenting the loss of western values to Islamic immigrants and their demands for equal rights to practice their own set of values and beliefs which are so contrary to western values and beliefs.
Whatever happened to the adage, "when in Rome do as the Romans"? An age old expression that carries the wisdom of the elders. After all, nobody questions the requirement that women tourists don the veil when they visit and Islamic country, in respect to the values of that country. Cultural sensitivity of course is a one way street when it comes to Muslims.

The fact is the burqah is the extreme version of garb designed to protect a muslim woman's modesty.
There is also the version called the niqab where a slit for the eyes exists in an all black covering. Personally I find the niqab the most frightening and  I wouldn't be surprised if it made little children cry at the sight of it.
There seems to be a degree of confusion in news reports on whether Belgium has outlawed the burqah or the niqab or both.
In fact, the burqah is frequently seen at international airports around the world and I wonder if there is any law that would affect international travelers.
On the other hand, it is more likely that the niqab is the real target of Belgian legislators.

The least extreme version of Islamic modesty is the hijab, where the head is covered but the fact exposed.
The French are still deciding on whether to ban the niqab and there have been incidents of protest by muslims who have pushed the boundaries of tolerance by wearing the hijab just to test the waters and the law. The French banned the hijab in schools way back in 2004.
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Jeannie said...

Why be sensitive to others when you believe that you are right?

I hope Canada develops a backbone before it's too late.

Anonymous said...

remains to be seen
where & how this goes,
but i agree with the basic
idea you state here: when in rome

canada is officially multicultural, and i'm proud of that, but i think there needs to be some reasonable restrictions on just how far a majority are required to go in order to accommodate a minority


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