| Does France’s Burkini Ban Matter?
| Sunday, July 14, 2019
Jihad Watch : As is well known, many French cities and towns, and even local
swimming pools, have banned the “burkini,” the islamically correct
bathing garb that covers a woman, leaving only her face, hands, and feet
exposed. Many French people regard this swimsuit as a symbol of political Islam and incompatible with secularism. The story is here.
|Burkini Wars in Frogland|
A local mayor who bans the burkini can turn the tables on Muslims:
“The wearing of the burkini is based on a view of Muslim males that I
find disheartening. That view suggests that Muslim women must be covered
up, as much as possible, to avoid arousing men. I allow myself to
believe that Muslim men are fully as capable of self-control as
non-Muslim men, and the wearing of the burkini is therefore not really
But Muslim men are behind the felt need of some Muslim women
to wear the the niqab, the burka, the chador and, for swimming, the
burkini; the women claim no one is forcing them, but they feel the
intense pressure from men to dress “modestly,” and when they wear the
burkini, they are offering mute testimony to the animalistic urges of
their menfolk, which the burkini is supposed to curb. I do not think
Muslim men are any less capable of self-control than are non-Muslim men,
and it is in that spirit of equality that I have chosen to ban the
Furthermore, the women wearing the burkini are choosing to promote
Muslim values by defying the laws of local French authorities. They are
choosing the rules of Islam over the rules of the French laic state.
This is intolerable. The fines imposed on wearers of the burkini — $40
dollars apiece — were derisory, and ought to be increased tenfold to
make an impression. If defiance of the law banning the burkini, however
inconsequential that defiance might seem, were to be permitted, it would
inevitably lead to more challenges by Muslims to French secularism.
There is a war now on in France, between those trying to maintain the
validity and authority of the French laic state, and Muslims who are
intent on defying that secular state, by imposing step by step their
own values and, if they are successful, proceeding to the next challenge
to French authority.
Read it all here...................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:12 PM