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Dr. Pipes, you rather miss part of the point.

Reader comment on item: Ban the Burqa, Allow the Burkini

Submitted by Anon. (Israel), Aug 23, 2016 at 13:49

It isn't merely that people are terrified of their countries Islamisizing and without stopping the process, wish to stop its visible manifestation.
It's that in France, not only are bikinis the norm on the beaches, but it isn't uncommon (on many beaches, surely) for women to sunbathe topless.
Only in someone's virtual world, will there be happy beaches in which some sunbathe topless, others in bikinis and others in burkinis, all of whom live in harmony. Just as wherever Islamic dress predominates, women wearing Western clothing and uncovered hair increasingly come under verbal attack, on whatever beaches a critical mass of burkini-clad individuals would gather, women will be incapable of going topless and even in a bikini.

I gather the French public realize this, at least on some level.
Moreover, besides verbal abuse directed (as it surely will be) by burkini-clad women and their cohorts at those in bikinis, it's even possible to imagine a court upholding that women cannot sunbathe topless since it upsets devout Muslims.

I'm glad the courts are leaning the other way.

Finally, see http://www.clarionproject.org/analysis/burkini-battle-what-really-happened-corsica

It appears that already now, prior to the burkini affair, there was an attempt by devout Muslims to get rid of those dressed in an un-Islamic manner and that this was behind the burkini ban.

Of course, it would have been better not to have had mass-Muslim immigration and to allow anyone on a beach to dress as they wish.
Similarly, what sense in allowing families whose women wear a burka to live in the West and prohibit them from wearing it in public?


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