As is probably not surprising, the veil will be banned as of next month in France. I don't know how I feel about it, while I wold never wear one myself, is it really ok to take that right away from someone else? At the same time, is it a right? Does it fall under freedom of religion? or freedom of expression?
Also the law seems based on fear, stereotypes, and hypocrisy more than anything else. The president seems to hail France as a secular nation, but then lauds its Christian heritage. Has anyone asked the women wearing Niqab in France, whether its thier own choice or is it coercion. Would someone take advantage of the lack of identity the niqab offers and use it negtively, if there was not a ban?
I hope it goes to the European Court of Human Rights, where at least I am hoping it can be discussed without such bias. But what until then? As with anything else it will affect those more on the margins of society than anything else. The single mother, rather than the married women, who is supposedly forced to wear the niqab by her husband.
It kinda makes me sad