Originally posted by PurpleDog UK
ProtoplasmicTraveler and 2432
I get what you are saying, ie.. this is a thin end of the wedge to 'control' the general public BUT one thing you appear to both be missing is the Intimidation that wearing a Viel in public brings to those who are not part of that faith or , dare I say want to understand it......
Well , I can understand the issue of the intimidation .
Frankly speaking I am almost always uncomfortable in the presence of a women who is wearing a burqa .
My reasons to feel unwelcome in her presence is much more realistic .
By wearing such a garment she is stating a fact that she wants no male attention . That is what burqa tells me and I accept it .
It is similar to a situation where you happened to be walking behind a woman in a dark street and in order to make her feel safer , you would cross the road to the otherside .
When I see a Burqa wearing women , I just look away from them because that is why they are wearing the burqa .
In public, like wearing a crash helmet (not allowed in a bank foir obvious reasons) or a Hoodie (anti social for many reasons) or a scarf around one's face (aka recent protests in London et al) they are all intimidating to the vast number of those law abiding citizens who want to be peaceful and safe.........
While I understand and appreciate your genuine concern ; I need to add that this concern is really not justified and it is somewhat superficially installed in non muslims .
Think of it like this ; a woman who chooses to wear the damn thing is only following her individual right to wear what she likes .
It is not her intention to scare anyone . All she is asking : Leave me alone .
Under these circumstances , I can't see a justifieable reason to make her not wear what she wants to wear .
You both seem to be looking for excuses to help the minority cause to the detriment of the majority .......
Au Contraire , we are pointing out a far more fundamental flaw . Legislation of these type of nonsense has never worked in known history . It has always amounted to further erosion of individual's rights.
In public, why not have rules...... In private in your own space, home or whatever (where you don't affect others) then do what you want to .....simples..
It would not work .
Turks banned burqa since 1923 and all it did was to make it more popular .
I wish it was as easy as banning but unfortunately , it doesn't look that way .
It is , in essence a gender issue which is wrapped up in a traditional cloak and placed on the alter of Islam .
Garment itself is the tool for a political power . These women who wear it voluntarly are in fact sending a message their non burqa wearing counterparts . The message says that they are morally superior .
That is the background of the issue we are discussing in here .
One girl is saying to another girl that she is better then her because of the garment she chooses to wear .
How would a legislation help in this crazy situation ?
edit on 11-4-2011 by 23432 because: gr