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Not a religious garment

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Submitted by Dan B. (United States), Apr 12, 2011 at 23:11

I read about some woman planning to test France's law under the claim of freedom of religion. That should be an interesting test. There is nothing "religious" about covering your body in public, but it is a survival tool for women in Muslim nations. Any form of individual expression for females, from walking alone, talking to an unrelated male, becoming educated, or even driving a car, is against many state's Islamic laws.

The full cover garment is an expression of "fear," not religion. Their men don't cover themselves to pray; women, however, need to cover themselves in public to not be preyed upon. And France will not be able to eradicate that fear, instilled by 1,500 years of Islamic subjugation, by any kind of law. Any more than it will change Muslim men's attitude of woman as chattel. Parts of France are already "no go zones" where police and fire are afraid to venture. France already has cars burned nightly by Muslims as a form of expression i.e. anti-Western nihilism. Can French law expect to make those men respect " liberty, equality and brotherhood?" Only in a science fiction novel.

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