Daniel Halliday
Aug 13 · Last update 2 mo. ago.

Are the growing numbers of countries banning face veils justified, or is this unfair discrimination?

There are a growing number of countries banning face veils such as the burqa or niqab in various environments and sometimes nationwide, with the latest country in Europe being Denmark passing a total ban on face veils in 2018. Discussion of the efficacy and justification of banning face veils and headscarves has proved divisive in many countries; but what is behind a ‘burqa ban’, Islamophobia, a transition to secularism, or just a reasonable security measure? Are such bans warranted? And do they actually work? en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Burka_ban_world_map.svg
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An erosion of freedoms that is often backfiring
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An erosion of freedoms that is often backfiring

It is dangerous to allow governments to dictate what clothing people should wear or how they express themselves religiously or culturally, it will only cause further suspicion, anxiety and has already led to violence in Europe – it may not be directly Islamophobic, but the discussion and reaction it creates can be and can be dangerous. Banning anything can cause a counter intuitive reaction, some sort of backlash that creates demand or a growth of use in protest, and this is often the case we can see in the case of European face veil bans. Such legislation is even ineffective as it just encourages people to wear a headscarf more zealously in rebellion against the erosion of freedom, while it causes other Muslim women that are accused of being subjugated already to have no choice but to stay home, marginalising them further and making it even harder for them to integrate effectively.

theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/08/denmark-burqa-veil-ban/566630

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