Nicolas Sarkozy is a controversial dude by his own admission - the multi ethnic son of aristocrats has never had what we consider a day job but considers himself a champion of job creation , he's praised Islam in some speeches and railed against it in others , he promotes large incentives for religious organizations , but limits the expression of those religions . He's accused of being both a hardline right-winger and a socialist lefty by opponents . He's a wee bit of a strange cat , but the French voted him in and so be it .
Now , Nicolas Sarkozy has opened a new can of worms by calling for the bans on wearing Niqabs and Burqas under the guise that they are oppressive . It takes some balls , but what is the real solution? It's not like these ladies are doing anything wrong themselves , but his argument is that the existence of the garments facilitates sexist pricks in subjugating women . There are cries that Burqas are "cultural" as opposed to Islamic and extremists who figure religious Muslims are all bastards who should be deported from Western nations .
Now , I am not a pro-Mohammed cat whatsoever . I believe it is absolutely revolting that people pray to a decadent paedophile who married little girls (his favoured wife was 6 and had been promised to him from birth. He discusses in the books how he got excited by her playing with her dolls in detail numerous times.) , raped women in front of their husbands and fathers and butchered foreigners and countrymen alike in some of the most horrifying ways imaginable. I have even blogged at length about the barbarian sickos who founded the religion and why they invented it in the first place. That being said , while we may disagree with facets of a faith , adults have the INALIENABLE RIGHT to believe (or not believe) whatever they wish provided they are law-abiding folks. And that's the thing - these people are adults who are free to worship or not in their own interpretation , but not just that , wouldn't forcing a person to uncover him or herself in public after they have been covered in a specific fashion for the bulk of their lives be akin to assaulting their decency? I mean , I get not wanting to see 6 year-old kids in Burqas because there's obviously a consent issue there and it personally offends MY sensibilities , particularly in public education systems - France does have state-mandated secular education , which I absolutely agree with since you can always send your kid to a religious school should you so choose - but when it comes to regulating the everyday appearance of adults , i think we should leave people be .
If we take Sarkozy's lead and ban Burqas and Niqabs , we should also ban traditional people of numerous faiths from wearing turbans or wigs , force people to shave , make Hutterites wear bright colours , cut the payess off of Jews , schedule Christians to work on Sundays , force Buddhists to eat meat and burn the tattoos off of Aboriginals .
Did I cover everybody?!