European politicians in general and French politicians in particular have clearly taken leave of their senses. In their determination to control women's bodies, they insist Muslim women cannot wear the burkini, a swimsuit that covers their entire body. What is the problem with these men that are forever trying to undress women everywhere in the name of freedom when it fact they are sexual perverts?
Friday, August 26, 2016, 13:03 DST
Citing violations of basic freedoms of dress, religious expression and movement, lawyers for the League of Human Rights appealed to France’s highest administrative authority to get the ban on burkini swimwear lifted. The lawyers also argued that local officials did not have the authority to impose any such bans. The court agreed.
In a landmark decision, France’s Council of State on Friday (August 26) overturned the controversial ban on Muslim women’s full-body swimsuit that has stirred anger among Muslims as well as many non-Muslim women that view the ban as an infringement on their right to choose. Protest rallies have been held outside French embassies in many countries including London, England where a large rally was held today denouncing the French ban.
The League of Human Rights appealed to the court to overturn the burkini ban in the town of Villeneuve-Loubet but its ruling will have implications throughout France.
The court ruled that the decree banning burkinis in Villeneuve-Loubet “seriously, and clearly illegally, breached the fundamental freedoms to come and go, the freedom of beliefs and individual freedom.”
There are 15 towns in France that have imposed such a ban and two days ago, a Muslim woman in burkini was forced by heavily armed police to take it off in front of other beach-goers. The incident sparked worldwide outrage.
While France’s highest administrative authority has overturned the ban, it seems the controversy is not likely to disappear soon. Already, violations of the court ruling have emerged. Sisco (in Corsica) mayor Ange-Pierre Vivoni said he would not suspend the ban. “There's a lot of tension here and I won't withdraw my decree.”
Some politicians are trying to pander to rightwing racist elements to garner support in a deliberately engineered atmosphere of Islamophobia that has gripped much of Europe. While European politicians scream “freedom, liberty and fraternity” from atop every garbage can, such freedoms do not extend to Muslims, especially women that choose to wear the hijab or the burkini.
Ludicrous allegations have been made. French Prime Minister Manuel Valls claims the burkini is making a political statement while Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve says women in burkini swimwear are supporters of the takfiri terrorists. How have otherwise sensible looking people taken leave of their senses is difficult to fathom but if French freedoms and secularism are so weak as to be threatened by a few women’s body covering, then they have serious problem.
Banning the burkini would not solve their fundamental problem.
Even former French President Nicholas Sarkozy, a putative but vicious man, has come out against the burkini. He harbors ambitions of making a comeback with French presidential elections scheduled for April 2017.
The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) praised the court’s decision as a “victory for common sense.”
Amnesty International has also welcomed the court ruling. “By overturning a discriminatory ban that is fuelled by and is fuelling prejudice and intolerance, today's decision has drawn an important line in the sand,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty's director for Europe.
He went on to say: “French authorities must now drop the pretence that these measures do anything to protect the rights of women.”
“These bans do nothing to increase public safety but do a lot to promote public humiliation,” Dalhuisen said.