Should Australia ban the burqa?
As we all know, Burqa is a loose, usually black or light blue robe that is worn by Muslim women, especially in Afghanistan, and that covers the body from head to toe. The burqa is not force by the Islamic holy bible, Koran. It only say that, women and men have to wear modestly in the public. Women, especially, cannot show their body to a man, other than their husband. This is written in the Koran. In Qur'an Sura Nur Chapter: The Light. Verse 31, "And say to the faithful women to lower their gazes, and to guard their private parts, and not to display their beauty except what is apparent of it, and to extend their headcoverings (khimars) to cover their bosoms (jaybs), and not to display their beauty except to their husbands. As we all know, Australia is such a proud multicultural country in the world. We came from different lands, from a different religious background and cultures. However, we all are united by the way of Australian and the language; otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to talk to some of you guys. According to the 2006 census more than one fifth of the population were born overseas. Furthermore, almost 50% of the population were either: 1. born overseas; or 2. had one or both parents born overseas. So, we can make see that Australia is such a multicultural country and we accept every religious, cultures and every people who needs help, we give them our hands. And we are proud of helping them and, i hope, we will continue helping people who needs help. This issue had been argued since last year and many people suggest that Australia should ban the wearing of burqa. As for me, we should not ban the burqa but....... why we shouldn’t ban the burqa? Well, first of all, people want to ban the burqa because it can be used criminals to disguises their identities. I can’t find who said this words on the paper or on the internet, so just assume i said it. If someone is wearing a burqa and enter to the small...
...The burqashould not be banned in Australia
A nun can be covered from head to toe in order to devote herself to god. But when a Muslim woman does the same she is being oppressed. It may be argued that wearing a burqa benefits only a few and brings more harm than good to society. The real question is who does it harm? That should be the basis for banning this piece of clothing, not one based on fear or an arguably feeble argument that the women do not have a choice. To say that a ban on a specific item like this is undemocratic is an understatement. Following the French senate’s unanimous vote in favour of banning the burqa in late 2010, many European and western countries including Belgium and Spain have made the decision to take the same action. In 2010, Australian Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi called for the burqa to be banned, branding it "un-Australian". The ban did not go ahead, however debate about the burqa continues. Although it seems unlikely that this law will pass in Australia, it is indisputable that putting a ban on the burqa is both morally wrong, and is driven by religious discrimination.
Although the burqa is commonly seen in the western world as the Islamic symbol of oppression and a display of male dominance, in truth the burqa is merely an...
France Should Rethink the Ban on Burqa
Ever since Islam has begun, in the 7th century, women have been accustomed to wear the burqa. The burqa is a piece of clothing that covers the entire body, only leaving the eyes open. The burqa can be broken down to three pieces; the first piece covers the body from neck all the way down to the ankles, the second piece, also called the niqab, covers the face only leaving the eyes open, and the third piece, also called the hijab, covers the hair. In the 21st century, the century that people are fighting for Human rights, France decides to ban the burqa. Why did they ban the burqa? In Timothy Ash’s article, he says that there are three main reasons for the ban: “… a threat to public safety,” “an open society is one in which we can see each other’s faces,” and “women are compelled to veil themselves by fathers or husbands.” France should revise this law because it seems like an ethnocentric decision and with this law active it breaks traditions passed down for 14 centuries, aggravates Muslims, and will cause France to have financial repercussions.
While growing up, I’ve always seen my mom wear a burqa before she left the house, and I always wondered why she would do that. When I was 13 I found out it was to hide her...
...The Anti-French BurqaBan: The Law Should Be Changed
CNN has announced the official ban of burqas’ in France. The French government claimed that the law does not suppress the freedom of religion saying it “the law conforms to the constitution”. Wearing a burqa can result in a fine of 150 Euros and required citizen courses. If a man was to force a woman to wear a burqa the fine will be 15,000 Euros and/ or a year in prison. Statistics have shown that every two out of three Americans oppose the ban. Being known as a free nation, citizens of America are used to having the right to “showcase” religion. The French government described wearing a burqa as “a new form of enslavement that the republic cannot accept on its soil.” If one is enslaved to their own religion by their own choice then it should not be stopped. Christians commonly wear a cross necklace to show their devotion to their religion. No one has stopped them claiming it was “a new form of enslavement” by wearing the necklace. Before the taliban (who is not capitalized to protest their work) burqa’s were simply another sign of devotion. To those women who voluntarily wear the burqa in honor of its past symbol, then that should not be banned or punished. They should be commended for their strength. It is how they represent...
...The Ban the Burqa Debate
In France, the burqa or niqab was banned from being worn in public in 2010. President Nicolas Sarkozy explained his support for the law, stating, “ The burqa is not a religious sign, it is a sign of the subjugation, of the submission of women. I want to say solemnly that it will not be welcome on our territory.” Since this law came into the public eye, much debate has occurred as to whether theburqashould indeed remain outlawed. The central question in this debate is what the burqa actually represents as part of the Muslim tradition.
Mona Eltahawy, a Muslim woman and declared feminist, agrees with Sarkozy, explaining that as a Muslim woman, she feels the burqa does nothing other than subjugate women in society and erases their individuality.
Ronald Sokol approaches the issue by criticizing the legality and morality of this law by citing a right to privacy law. He also rebukes France for stepping away from its roots in self expression by taking away the choice to wear the burqa.
Mona Eltahawy's main argument stems from the claim that the burqa is a device meant solely to subjugate women, and she declares her support for President Sarkozy's claim that, “The burqa is not a religious sign”. This is an important claim as the separation of church and state has been law since 1905...
...Niqab and Burka (Burqa). The article, “French Senate votes to ban Islamic full veil in public,” published by BBC news, describes the details and different ways Muslim women choose to wear the headscarf. The Burka covers the entire face and body and has netting surrounding the eyes. The Niqab varies slightly because it has an opening in the eye area. The hijab is the most commonly worn style that women of Islamic faith choose to wear in the western world and only covers the neck and hair. According to CNN World News, there are approximately 2,000 Muslim women who wear the Burka and Niqab in France; however, this ban has influenced women to rise up and demand their right to choose to cover up or not. The ban limits women from wearing the full-face veil anywhere in public, banning the garment from casual walks down a street, a ride the bus, hospital visits, or even at the grocery store. The problem to be considered is does the ban limit the freedom of religious expression that is granted to French citizens? And does the government have the right to set a dress code for its citizens?
France: Setting a Dress Code?
The law banning a full-face veil has received strong support from the French government. The support for the ban was so strong that according to the article “France Enforces Ban on Full-Face Veils in Public,” published in the New York Times, the law passed with only...
...Should the burqa be banned?
Founding father, Patrick Henry exclaimed, “…give me liberty or give me death” in a speech to fellow Virginia colonials in 1775. His words are just as pertinent now as they ever were. Countless news stories over the past year about France and other European countries outlawing burqas in public have left me conflicted. The burqa is a long, head to toe garment worn by many Muslim women in public. These bans also include the niqab, which covers the face, and is part of the hijab, which covers the head and hair. Part of me agrees that the wearing of this garment is unnecessary, if not a security concern; another part of me feels that no government should be telling its citizens what they can and cannot wear. Can we balance personal and religious freedom with civic and national security in the age of global terrorism?
Some say Muslim women are forced or brainwashed into wearing the burqa. They are subtly coerced into this tradition. Proponents of a ban assert that burqas are covering up literal and figurative scars of domestic violence. Society would lead us to believe that every Muslim woman chooses to wear a burqa of her own free will, but we know this is not the case. The burqa wearing women in Muslim society represent a small percentage of the religion as a whole. Wearing the...
...Religion and Society Article Assignment. Articles used – 3A and 3B. The Burqa. Sylvie Maclean.
A Burqa is an article of clothing that is generally considered as a religious statement. The Burqa consists of full robes and a mesh veil over the eyes.
There are other options of robes that can be worn including the Hijab and the Niqab, where the eyes remain uncovered. According to come interpretations of the Islamic sacred text - the Koran (Qur’an) – women must wear a full veil in order to be modest. Many Muslims wear the Burqa because it is symbolises and is a part of their spiritual journey, so they wear it by choice. While others wear the Burqa because they believe they have to, as it is one of the commandments of god to dress modestly.
There are many Muslims who choose not to wear the Burqa at all. They may opt for a simple headscarf and normal clothing; they also can wear the Hijab or Niqab. But then again there are many Muslims who choose to dress in normal clothes, therefore bringing no attention to their religion. Not wearing the headscarf or robes does not make a person any more religious, nor does wearing the Burqa make someone more religious than another Muslim who is not wearing any religious clothing at all. Just through reading articles A and B, we see that there is a lot of controversy involved in this topic, and something I would like to address is how we...
...The burqa is a long garment, usually black, that covers the body from head to toe, leaving a small slit for the eyes to be able to see. It is worn by Muslim/Islamic women, often due to pressure from society, the men of their home countries or from the families of the women.
Australia is one of many democratic countries. Democracy being a form of government in which all people have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives. Australia being a democratic country means we should not be overruled by religious views.
In Britain there are rising cases of banks being robbed by people in burqa's. People such as motorcyclists are required to remove their helmets before entering a bank or petrol station. It's a security measure for the businesses and no reasonable person objects to this requirement. However, if someone covers themselves in a black cloth from head to toe, with only their eyes barely visible behind a mesh guard, they are effectively unidentifiable and can with out trouble simply walk into any bank in the name of religious freedom. If this theory is acceptable in Britain what is to stop it from happening In Australia.
Equality of women is one of the key values in our secular society and any culture that believes only women should be covered in such a repressive manner is not consistent with the Australian culture and values.
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