Thursday, January 14, 2010
Banning the Burqa
Look out Madonna. If some folks in the French parliament have their way, you may not be able to wear a get up like this and stay out of jail. Yes, the debate on the burqa rages on here with the latest proposals either creating a hefty fine or outright banning the wearing of anything that covers the face in public places. While it's dangerous to analyze a debate like this when you're only half up to speed on the cultural, political, and historic forces at work, I have to admit that I'm baffled by the whole thing, particularly given that there are fewer than 2,000 French women who wear the veil. Threat to the Republic? Protection of women's rights? Give me a call when you can do better than that. The final word is expected by the end of the month.