BURQA IS BANNED IN FRANCE
Soc. 110 T/Thur. 2:15pm
October 17, 2013
Does a country generally have the rightful capacity to govern types of clothing?
All countries have a set of rules that’s set forth by their government to follow. These rules provide essential rights for individuals and protect them. Everybody should have the freedom of choice as long as it does not bring harm to another, or defy the foundation; no matter what nation one lives in. Self-determination is one of the only real freedoms we have, and the most imperative, therefore no country should be able to enforce, or govern what their citizens can wear in public; it can possibly be a violation of one’s constitutional rights.
Clothing signifies different things to different groups of people; especially when it comes to religion. The burqa getting banned in France was a violation of France’s Fifth Republic which promises “freedom of religion,” and “the separation between church and state,” to their citizens. This is the same part of the republic that was used to justifiably ban religious garments from their public schools. According to Fiona Deshmukh (2007) “when there is no government protected right to exercise one’s religion, the result is discrimination and repression based on religion, which ultimately causes a chilling effect on the fundamental freedom of religion” (pg.113). Although some women are forced to wear a burqa, most seem to wear them on their own. It’s contradictory when a government’s foundations say they believe in liberty, but advocate a law that says what a Muslim woman can wear. This materializes as a very slippery slop.
Do a burqa present a security threat?
No matter how honorable the burqa is to the Muslim religion, they can present a security threat as a contrivance in the hands of bad people. The uneasiness that surrounds the safety implications of women or men being able...