Should they be banned?
There have been a lot of talk in the media around in the European Union about perhaps banning these two particular clothing items.
I can see the reasoning behind it, in the Western World, we value that we are able to see who we are interracting with. On the other hand we also like to brag about being the frontier fighters of human rights and liberty. By imposing a ban, we remove the liberty of those that wants to walk around in a burka or niqab.
Here is my view on the entire case, I do not think that the government should impose a ban, that tells people not to wear this like some sort of fashion police. But those individuals who choose to wear this clothing item must also understand that wearing any of these clothing items does limit themself, in the sense that they should be allowed to be rejected in situation where you needed to be identifiable.
Religion should not be a “Do what ever you want”- free card, just because it is your religion, it shouldn’t be something that bends the rules of others.
If a bank has a rule that says that their customers are not to be masked when inside the bank, they must respect this, and either show their face, or stay out of the bank.
You might say that it will alienate some people from society, that they will not be able to use banks, or go into stores because of their choice, yes that is a risk, but they can just change their belief. Easier said than done, but there is a price to pay when you cling to superstition and faith, if that belief tells you to walk around in clothes that masks you completely from head to toe.
Free the burkas and niqabs, do not ban them.
Are there not words and sentences that are better unsaid? Is it not better just to say you are not allowed to say or do this at all. Limiting our freedom of expression in order to prevent that some groups of our society get offended.
Who is to say what is okay to do and what is not?
Would we ever trust those that got that power?
We have a natural right to make use of our pens as of our tongue, at our peril, risk and hazard.
~Voltaire, Dictionnaire Philosophique, 1764
I am not scared of the extremists from any camp that wants me to be quiet. I know that these people do not think that we should have democracy or freedom of expression. They want us to bow after their norms and rules.
The Pakistani government is a classic example of a regime that lacks confidence in its own values, and it is ironic that they fight the protests against limitations of free speech by censoring both Facebook and Youtube.
Efficiently decreasing the overall internet traffic in Pakistan by ~25% according to Reuters.
Also by doing this, leaves the “Draw Muhammad” group and its supporters almost unchallenged on both Facebook and Youtube.
I will end this entry with yet another quote by Voltaire.
Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire
So to all those people who oppose my ideas of liberty and human rights, I respect your right to speak up against me, but I do not respect you when you try by force to censor me, or by death treaths, that just help to weaken your cause to show people that your arguments cannot withhold scrutiny that you have to resort to extremes.