“More often the girls were under orders from their fathers and uncles and brothers, and even their male classmates. For the boys, transforming a blue-jeaned teen-age sister into a docile and observant ‘Muslim’ virgin was a rite de passage into authority, the fast track to becoming a man, and more important, a Muslim man … it was also a license for violence.” ~Jane Kramer, “Taking the Veil” (The New Yorker Magazine)
So what’s the big deal … some women dress like they’re going to a hoedown (or ho down) … some like they’re blind … some like they have an umbilical cord to Vogue. Fashion is fashion, to each her own, right? Not exactly … because in the case of Burqas: It’s not fashion … it’s fascism.
Fascism? Indeed … the body of laws from which the Burqa ( a full body covering, revealing only the eyes [and sometimes not]) emanates … is known as Sharia Islamic Law. It is the political and religious system by which Muslims and kafir (unbelievers) must live in Islamic countries. It is a totalitarian system that controls ALL movement: public and personal. The primary sources for Sharia are the Quran, the Hadiths (sayings of the prophet) and the Sunnah (traditions of the prophet). They are all demeaning, controlling and misogynistic. A call to modesty turns into a personal female jail, under which women are forced to live in public.
The reasons to ban this oppressive personal prison, are many. Here are a few for your perusal:
– Domestic violence is not only common but supported by Sharia Law. The Burqa allows that crime to be concealed. Places like Saudi Arabia and Pakistan, where the Burqa is forcibly donned by women, domestic violence is close to 90%.
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