France moves closer to banning full Muslim veil
There's a headine that'll catch the eye of all good constitutionalists in these United States of America. As one, my first reaction is that it wouldn't fly here and never will. We believe that one should be able to do as they please and dress any way they like. There is a part of our Bill of Rights that allows for the free practice of any religion, freedom of expression nd a right to privacy. We can do what we want in this country. . . well, we used to be able to at leat before the "Patriot Act" accompanying legislation and certain liberties taken by and taken away by the last administration (BTW, wasn't His "O"ness supposed to restore all that stuff?).
But hold on a minute. . . can we? Would I be allowed to enter a federal building or even a county courthouse if I were wearing a mask that completely hid my face? Could I walk into a bank? Get on an airplane?
The French law states "No one may, in spaces open to the public and on public streets, wear a garment or an accessory that has the effect of hiding the face. . ."
The French also say that such religious practices undermine the essence of what France is all about, which is secular and very much into gender equality. The French are so into religious freedom that they don't like public displays of religion that might undermine the secularist nature of their nation (ignore the Cathedral of Notre Dame. Too late ot change that). In other words, they don't want a bunch of religious fundamentalists running the government like we have had happening in this country and seen in the Middle East. I can understand their shying away from anything that might lead them down that path.
So in the end, I'm left wondering. . . where do I stand on this one? I don't think I've got enough information. My gut is to say "fuck no we won't make you wear anything you don't want to wear or not wear anything you want to wear."
But is there another side to this story? I like the French and often find their ideas and values closely aligned with my own. Maybe women covered from head to toe walking around in public is over the top and unacceptable to their standards and values. The bottom line is that it's their country and they can do what they want as long as they're not committing crimes against humanity. . . like SOME fucking countries I know have done the past 9 years!!
So what do you think?