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    France considers banning the burqa

    France Wants To Study Burqa Wear, May Ban It In Public

    France wants to study the small but growing trend of burqa wear, with an eye to possibly banning the Islamic garment from being worn in public, the government's spokesman said Friday.

    Luc Chatel told France-2 television that the government would seek to set up a parliamentary commission that could propose legislation aimed at barring Muslim women from wearing the burqa and other fully covering gowns outside the home.
    Any opinions?
    I'm in two minds.
    Should a Govt. be able to legislate and ban such things or is this good and will help social integration?


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    Re: France considers banning the burqa

    Oh, for FFS!

    Isn't it enough that they've already banned religious attire in government buildings, now they want to ban it in the streets as well?

    Seriously, though. I think it's a really bad idea for a government to tell people how they're allowed to dress. There is also the unintended likely consequence of such a ban: these women will never set foot outside their homes again.

    Also, LOL @ the picture's caption placing Marseille in central France.
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    Re: France considers banning the burqa

    The French government has had a longstanding commitment to "defending french culture" as part of its job. In this case, I think it is a bad move. Although I am not a fan of the motivations behind the burqa, it is just a piece of clothing. I think that setting a precedent for allowing the government to determine clothing worn in public is crossing the line. It is ironically exactly the sort of thing that happens in the theocracies that France is trying to avoid. So far they are only studying it, and I hope they find out that banning the burqa is not going to be a good move.

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    Re: France considers banning the burqa

    I don't think it should be banned.

    How would the "secular" public react if the government banned the wearing of crucifixes and ordered churches to cover all crosses visible from the outside of the church?

    If religious identification is preventing social integration, then everyone should be included.

    This is along the same lines as banning public prayer as far as I'm concerned.
    It's singling out specific people based on their religious beliefs.

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    Re: France considers banning the burqa

    I can understand that you can't wear a burqa for any kind of photo identification(drivers liscence, passport etc....), but to just outright ban people from wearing it out in public? Thats just dumb.

    Does France prohibit the wearing of any other religious symbols/clothing out in public?
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    Re: France considers banning the burqa

    Quote Originally Posted by WI Crippler View Post
    Does France prohibit the wearing of any other religious symbols/clothing out in public?
    Religious items like hijab not allowed in public buildings like schools but no law dictates what can be worn in public ... unless this goes through


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    Re: France considers banning the burqa

    Of course it's a terrible thing for a government to do, but let's not get too upset until it actually happens. There are always those people that stir up trouble, but it may not be the whole government that wants it.

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    Re: France considers banning the burqa

    Quote Originally Posted by Juliet Bravo View Post
    If religious identification is preventing social integration, then everyone should be included.

    This is along the same lines as banning public prayer as far as I'm concerned.
    It's singling out specific people based on their religious beliefs.
    I agree.
    I'd support this if crosses, kirpans, turbans, kippah are also banned as well imo.


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    Re: France considers banning the burqa

    I seem to remember that in Turkey it is against the law to wear any form of religious garb in public unless you are going to a Mosque, Church, ect from your home and then back to your home, does that still apply and if it does its a good idea

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    Re: France considers banning the burqa

    I support a ban on baseball caps.

    Baseball is pretty much a religion full of public figures, scandals, ceremonies, polar bears, superstitions, all powerful deities, and the strange occurrence of superiority with the credibility of "because that's just how it is"...



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