French infringement on burqinis

David Jenkins

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France and its politicians have been under fire lately for its forceful ban on the burqini.

A Burqini is a full body swimsuit that is mostly worn by Islamic women in both public pools and beaches in order to have fun while still following their religious beliefs.

Since last month’s Bastille Day truck attack among other terrorist attacks in France, some of its cities have thought it would be presently appropriate to ban the swim wear.

These bans are as disgusting as the laws that systemically obligate women to wear certain clothing against their will as is the case in most Islamic countries.

Forcing women to wear or not to wear certain clothing isn’t a western value. Both eliminate the idea of choice.

This is only going to continue to create stigma and hostility between the French people. We already see Islamic self-segregation in Europe, which is quite frequently promoted by the political left.

If this situation doesn’t check itself, we might see forced-segregation prompted by the political right as we already see the beginnings of in Germany.

London’s Muslim Mayor Sadiq Kahn, spoke out against the ban.

He said “I’m quite firm on this. I don’t think anyone should tell women what they can and can’t wear. It’s as simple as that.”

While one may disagree with London’s mayor on other political views, this is a western principle that we must uphold.

And rightly so, we have some french judicials who agree with this.

France highest bureaucratic court, Le Conseil d’Etat (The State Council) overturned and suspended the burkini ban in Villeneuve-Loubet.

The judgment itself states that the ban “seriously, and clearly illegally, breached the fundamental freedoms to come and go, the freedom of beliefs and individual freedom”

This might have a domino effect, however this won’t go down without a political fight.

It can be foretold what is going to happen. The French elections are on its way this November and the courts overturning decision will be used as a platform to sway voters into voting for the extreme far right.

With the rise of terrorism, the French people will cast their votes and will give power to those who want to unconstitutionally infringe on the religious rights of Islamic men and women.

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