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Sanity Prevails In Spain

Fortunately, it not only rains on the plains of Spain it apparently rains common sense to its people. Even as Belgium and France were passing laws that ban Muslim women from wearing a veil–niqab or burqa– the Spanish legislature rejected such a proposal by a 21 vote margin. The Conservative Popular Party introduced a resolution that would bar wearing of veils in public buildings on the theory in so doing the rights of Muslim women were being protected. PP member, Soraya Saenz argued: How can our soldiers be fighting in Afghanistan for the liberty of these women while the government has no courage to defend them here?” The assumption of her statement is Muslim women in Spain are being forced to wear veils. In reality only a few hundred Muslim women wear such veils which suggest 99% of women wear what they desire.

Laure Rodriguez Quiro of the Union of Muslim Women In Spain points out everyone has to identify themselves in order to enter public building so this is a non-issue. Isn’t it about time those who claim to “speak for Muslim women in Spain” actually ask them what they desire?

Niqab Not Wanted In Syria

Western nations such as France and Belgium are taking legal action to ban Muslim women from wearing the niqab in public, but a similar trend is also being felt in Arab nations. Syria, which fears fundamentalist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood, has placed a ban on females wearing the niqab on college grounds, and has removed from elementary school classroom hundreds of teachers who wear the niqab. However, there are no restrictions on wearing headscarves. Ironically, as fundamentalist groups in Iran and Afghanistan impose religious restrictions on females, secular nations such as Syria, Egypt and even Lebanon are pushing for greater restrictions on the niqab. The issue has nothing to do with female rights in these Arab nations, it is a fight against religious fundamentalists who are viewed as enemies of the state.

Ironically, France and Belgium are imposing restrictions on Muslim females along with dictatorial regimes in the Middle East. In both cases, fear is the driving force to restrict the rights of women. What exactly would happen if some Muslim women wore the niqab?

Politics Of Hate In France Creates Violence

It was not the crime of the century when Karim Boudouda dashed into a casino near Grenoble and got away with thousands of dollars. Unfortunately, for the young Muslim man, police quickly arrived at the scene of the crime and set off in hot pursuit. Weapons were fired by both Karim and the police, but police aimed more accurately, and the young man was killed. News of his death quickly spread into Muslim slums, and not doubt, by the time news of his death had been told a hundred times, the petty criminal had been transformed into a modern day Robin Hood. Just before midnight a gang of twenty young men entered a train station, forced passengers to get off and then set ablaze the train. Police arrived at the train station and while they were attempting to ensure safety of passengers, the youth torched police cars. About 2:30 a.m. another group of young men clashed with police and shots were fired on both sides but no one was hurt. Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux then arrived and in a tough voice exclaimed: “When I say quick, I mean immediately, that’s how we are going to re-establish public order.”

No sensible person can argue against restoration of law and order, but tough words are just what Muslims in France have been hearing from their government. A few days ago an almost unanimous vote in the French legislature made it a crime for a Muslim woman to appear in public wearing the niqab or chador even though only a handful of Muslim women wear either of these garments. Unless restoration of public order is accompanied by respect for Muslims and jobs, there will be further riots.

Cover Your Face In France And Off To Jail!

The French economy confronts serious problems, President Sarkozy just about every day has another scandal emerging including did he or did he not get money from a rich elderly heiress. So, what does the National Assembly decide to discuss– new job proposals, confronting government pensions? Of course not, the real issue facing France is whether to allow the current 1,900 Muslim women who wear a face covering to continue covering themselves up! The vote to ban the niqab and burqa was 335 to one with many Socialist and Communist deputies abstaining. The proposed law makes it a crime for anyone to cover his or her face in public, while shopping, entering a building, and, I assume taking a shit. The cry by supporters is to preserve French culture and the community of those living in the land. Of the estimated five million Muslims about 1,900 women wear either of these garments so it is understandable of the need to have them cease and desist.

A visit to any beach in France reveals women with scanty dress and, in many case, they go about with tops available for anyone to see. Naturally, this is OK since the issue is revealing all. I wonder if women and men will now be asked to drop the bottom half of their garments so we can see the you-know-what parts.

My real question is: If I decide to rob a store or bank and cover my face do I get punished with a fine since I just broke the law forbidding covering faces in public places? Is so, let’s rob banks and pay the fine.

Barcelona Bans Veil

The silly season has arrived due to fear about the ever-dangerous “terrorists’ in our midst. Today, at my doctor’s office the secretary informed me of a new Federal law requiring a Photo-ID for patients in order to see their doctors. In fairness, when I saw my doctor, I asked for his Photo-ID to ensure my regular doctor was treating me. In Barcelona, Spain, a new law requires anyone entering a public place to reveal their face and makes illegal the right of Muslim women to wear a veil. According to authorities, “it should not be possible that someone enters into a place without being identified.” I assume they have technology to scrutinize a body in order to determine if any weapons or explosives are in possession of the person. What is gained by examining the face?

The only reason for Barcelona to become the first city in Spain that bans use of the niqab or burqa is to strike a blow for stupidity and bigotry. There are only one million Muslims in the population of 47,000,000, and, most probably, less than a thousand Muslim women wear a veil. Prejudice can not hide behind the veil of hate.

French Police Capture Notorious Niqab Criminal!

The people of France can sleep easy tonight after news of the capture by alert French police of the notorious niqab thief who wanders the streets of Paris and other cities veiled from all to see, but the small clique of her fellow niqab lovers. She was found driving on a road in France while wearing the symbol of the Niqab gang– a veil which has a slot to see. Initially, the police were uncertain as to whether this was a he or a she member of the gang, but once they checked carefully in the car it was apparent the he was really a she. The Niqab thief was fined $50 and warned not to appear on the road of beautiful France which insists all be allowed to gaze at the face of women, whether they be gorgeous or the other kind. French President Sarkozy hailed the bravery of French police who did not fear that removing a veil might unleash forces of danger.

At the police block which detained the car, a motorcycle man arrived bedecked in his helmet which prevented anyone from seeing his face. But, since he is a member of the Motorcycle gang, he was not detained or fined. After all, who the heck wants to see the actual faces of these bearded characters?

France-Nation Of Civil Rights, Strikes Blow Against Them

French President Nicolas Sarkozy regards himself as a defender of basic French values, among which is the need to ensure that all citizens are able to see the faces of others. OK, take off your clothes, fine, walk around without a bra, OK, wear a motorcycle helmet that hides the face, terrific, as long as the rider is not a Muslim woman. He told parliament that France, historically, has been based on values that foster the desire for all to live together in harmony. “A full veil which completely hides the face is an attack on those values, which for us are so fundamental.” He is introducing a bill that criminalizes the wearing of a burqa or the niqab by Muslim women. “Citizenship has to be lived with an uncovered face.” Funny, I studied the French Revolution, but do not recall any such goal of the revolutionaries.

Mr. Sarkozy apparently has not studied French history. The idea that France welcomed people of all backgrounds to become part of the national community is a joke. Nick, do you recall the furor over the Dreyfus case, the neo-Nazi groups during the 1930s, the Vichy government which readily delivered Jews to the Nazis? France has always demonstrated both bigotry and warmth to strangers. Surely, 2,000 Muslim women wearing veils will not threaten to destroy France.

SKY FALLING IN FRANCE!

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the sky is ready to fall on top of France unless its government takes swift and effective action to ban women from wearing a full face veil. Who knows which evils will sweep through the French countryside unless women can sleep safely in their beds knowing that Muslim females are not allowed to wear the burqa or niqab. If Muslim women can cover their faces how can French males know who is desirable or who is entitled to a whistle of admiration? How can authorities allow women to wear these disguises without opening opportunities for bank robbers to steal with impunity knowing no one will be able to identify them?

The fight against the veil is not really about the rights of women to dress as they desire, it is a fight to save Western civilization against evil influences from the Muslim world. First, we will have 2,000 Muslim women among the two million in France wearing face coverings, and next we will witness the death of a bikini on the beach and after that revealing boobs on dresses! France is fighting a battle for all men who demand the right to see all. How about a ban on women wearing blouses? Why can’t we men see the real breast? It is our right!

Down with the veil, up with nudity. And, let’s make damn sure that motorcycle riders can not cover their faces!

Lift The Veil Or We Lift Higher The Fine

It was Friday in the town of Novara and the woman and man left their home on the way to the local mosque. As they walked down the streets of the town a policeman suddenly halted the couple and told the woman she had to take off her veil because wearing it violated he law. Authorities said, “we just enforced a local law that stops people from covering their faces near sensitive places such as schools, hospitals or offices.” Her husband argued that while he respected Italian law it was against his religion for her to “be seen by other men.” For this heinous crime the woman will pay a fine of about $800.

I assume if Halloween is celebrated in Italy all kids wearing masks will be hauled down to the nearest jail, and fined for covering their faces. I assume if a motorcyclist comes roaring down the streets of Novara wearing a helmet, he will be halted and fined.

P.S. As a child I attended a local shul(synagogue) in which my mother and the other women sat behind a curtain while we males prayed.

Belgium Votes To Decide Female Dress

The Belgian legislature has decided to join the ranks of Iran and Saudi Arabia by deciding how Muslim women should or should not dress while in public. Buy a vote of 136 to zero the Belgian parliament voted to ban the wearing of the burqa or niqab in public. Denis Durcame, an MP, boasted, “we’re the first country to spring the lock that has made a good number of women slaves.” The Belgian action is expected to shortly be followed by nations like France or Austria. This is the first example in modern European history in which government decides teh dress of women. According to the law, use of the niqab or burqa is forbidden in the street, sports buildings public gardens, and buildings “meant for use or to provide services to the public.”

I assume there is a rational reason to prevent the use of these garments in parks, but it at this moment it escapes me. Perhaps, the law is designed to prevent animals from being upset at the sight of women whose faces are hidden. As I recall in my youth there were nuns who wandered the streets in garments that prevented their legs from being shown. How about a law forbidding any garment which does not reveal legs?