The Problem With Banning the Burqa

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The Huffington Post,

By Craig, Considine

When I was recently invited to speak at a debate at Ireland’s University College of Cork on banning the burqa, I was a bit hesitant to accept the call to participate. I, for one, am not a woman, nor am I Muslim. Speaking on an issue that focuses specifically on Muslim women seemed to me like an odd and challenging task. Upon reading the invitation a second time, I contemplated my own reservations about the burqa. I have very strong feelings against any government that demands that their women be made to wear full-cover veils. This is absolutely repressive and should be challenged. But I also believe that targeting and penalizing women does not solve any problem. Though I may not support the burqa, I will definitely defend the right of Muslim women to wear one if they so wish.

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Banning the burqa is an assault on the most basic human right of women having control over their own bodies and minds. I believe that the burqa is not the problem but a symptom of a larger problem of women feeling oppressed by men and pressured to conform to the objectification of women’s bodies in Western societies.

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  1. “I can be on guard against my enemies, but God deliver me from my friends!”—

    A quotation of a woman (Charlotte Brontë) originally used in another context but befits the present situation confronted by woman who don’t need any dictates about what should she wear.
    The so called defenders (secular or religious extremists) should spare their time pondering upon other issues that are posing threats for a peaceful society.
    A very well balanced view point of the writer- And the end note question should definitely be answered before justifying any of the absurd reactions. towards the woman

  2. I want to share my thoughts about the article to ask why the western world thinks burqa is an oppression ? Why western world thinks that it’s men choice to put burqa on his wife and daughter? I here just want to say I observe burqa because it’s my own choice, my own understanding that why veiling of myself is important, of course this all comes from my faith , my religious values. I have studied throughout my life in co education by the permission of my father but I observe veiling and I felt never oppressed. It was because if someone understand the real benefit of anything he or she will never feel oppressed and nobody would see anyone for objectification. It’s just a matter of understanding!

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