So today’s the day that the French parliament votes on a law to ban the burqa, sitar or khimar. Sara Silvestri over on Comment is Free Belief does a pretty fine job summing up the problems with much of this ‘debate’ in Europe’s legislative assemblies. The comments left so far are also revealing.
I have heard it said many times that the Christian cross means nothing; it is merely two pieces of wood placed in a particular way that some people find meaningful. The burqa, on the other hand, is a “symbol”. It’s a symbol of women’s oppression, of ‘being’ a Muslim (notably only in Europe). It seemingly ‘represents’ the Muslim faith and its banishment will rid ‘us’ of these representations. Get rid of the ‘symbols’ and you get rid of the ‘culture’. You know, the culture that matters, like mosques, borders and…and…and…strange musical instruments. Not our culture, theirs! Our culture is Bizet, Monet and Proust.
But the cross? That’s just two pieces of wood. Means nothing.