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April 23, 2010

Death Threats...


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... over headscarves.
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The battle over burkas has reached a new high (or low, depending on which side you are on) in France. Under the flimsy leadership of Nicolas Sarkozy the French are looking at a fascist style law that would ban a select piece of clothing due to religion and bigotry.
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Of the 60 some odd million French people only about five million claim to be Islamic. Of these only about 2,000 Muslim women wear any form of scarves on their heads or to cover their hair. Of these only an estimated 200 wear the Muslim headscarves (burkas) under question by the Sarkozy administration.
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Yet here we have a "free" people ready to turn on a select minority with the intent of striping these women of a religious sacrament. For what reason? Well the French have two to be exact... national security and women's rights.
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Yeah, national security is the first reason given by the French. 200 women, who they claim are oppressed by Islam, are going to overthrow the French government. Obviously they are hiding weapons of mass destruction under those burkas.
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But on a serious note, the liberals in France (who would normally be opposed to national security) are being lassoed in by the proposed "women's rights" issue of the Islamic headscarves question. So with this on the ticket, the libs in France are ready to sign off on the bill that would make it legal for police in France to jail or fine women for voluntarily wearing a religious symbol (of modesty none the less).
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Now let us look at this from the other side for a moment.
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Say out of the 60 some odd million French only about five million where Christians. Therefore the remaining will be Muslims for the purpose of our little observation here. And thusly now lets issue a similar bill, only this time we are going to make it illegal to wear a cross on your clothing or as jewelry.
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Hard to imagine right? But that is exactly the same issue we have here. This bill has nothing to do with security or the liberation of Muslim women within France. It has everything to do with the fact that the liberal Europeans have allowed immigration of foreign peoples and foreign ideals for decades. And now they have a growing community that they are suddenly (and unfortunately for them on an philosophical standpoint)uncomfortable with.
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So with this said, if the French are going to call themselves a democracy then they are going to have to get use to foreign ideals. For this is how a democracy matures and grows. Had it not been for the United States establishing the democratic republic that we now live under than France would not have gotten the fascist tainted democracy they now live under. So clearly the acceptance of foreign ideals into any government has the potential to spark change.
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However it is unclear how the allowing of a religious sacrament is going to overthrow a government. On the other hand it is clear how the banning of a religion in part or in whole can change a government for the worse (i.e. Nazism).
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So before you jump on the wagon and think that it is fair to ban a headscarf (for whatever reason) just ask yourself this... where does this line of reasoning stop?
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P.S. The reason the war over burkas has reached a new high in France was due to the death threats now streaming in from all sides. Not only Muslims are upset over this clear violation of civil liberties. And as for Belgium... they are currently without a government, so their bill will be delayed till the government can decide on what language they are going to speak to one another with.

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