Obey the Laws of God, Not the Laws of Man

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Obey the Laws of God, Not the Laws of Man On Monday, April 11th 2011, France became the first country to put into force a law that bans Muslim women wearing the Burqa in any public setting. Not only did this ban create a global debate, a domino effect on other countries to put forth the same law, but also creating tension among French Muslims and their citizens (Ulusoy). The Quran asks believing women to cover although Muslim women interpret covering their bodies in different ways. The Burqa covers the entire face and body and has netting surrounding the eyes. The Niqab only varies from the burqa in that it has an opening in the eye area. Lastly, the most common cover is hijab, which covers the body yet leaves the face and hands visible (The Burqa). There are approximately 2,000 Muslim women who wear the Burqa and Niqab in France (News). The ban limits these women from wearing the Niqab and Burqa anywhere in public, whether it’s casual walks down the street, riding the bus, hospital visits, and even the grocery store. According to the Global Attitudes Project conducted by Pew Research Center, 82 percent of the French public approves the ban, while 17 percent disapprove the ban. On one side, the French government believes “the face-coverings prevent the clear identification of a person, which is both a security risk [such as allowing people to hide weapons], and a social hindrance within a society which relies on facial recognition and expression in this communication” (Chrisafis). On the other side, the opponents believe it takes away their freedom to practice their religion (Chrisafis). The ban on Muslim headwear is not the right solution to help assimilate Muslim women more into French society; it will only hinder France’s free... ... middle of paper ... ...side argues that it is essential to see the entire face for personal identification, the opposing side believes it is for personal religious commitment, modesty, and to lower the chances of being looked at in a sexual manner. In addition to being victimized by their religion, Muslim women are being victimized by society (Roberts). Women wearing the Burqa are the only religious group that lacks the freedom to wear what they choose. France is creating an environment where Muslim women must sacrifice their religious identity and practices in order to conform to society’s norms. In order to mediate this issue and allow religious freedom, France should permit the Burqa but enforce rules for identification when necessary. We live in a world where some women are being paid to be naked, while others are being fined for being covered.

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