French intolerance towards Burqas!! French attempt to ban fundamental right to practice Religion is against the secular values .
Sarkozy says Burqas Debase Women, Supports Ban in France
From the Associated Press: Sarkozy says;
“In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity,” Sarkozy said to extended applause at the Chateau of Versailles, southwest of Paris. “The burqa is not a religious sign, it’s a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement — I want to say it solemnly,” he said. “It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic.”
From the New York Times:
“The issue of the burqa is not a religious issue, it is a question of freedom and of women’s dignity,” Mr. Sarkozy said. “The burqa is not a religious sign, it is a sign of the subjugation, of the submission of women.”
This and any other issue has to be dealt by the Muslim community not by the French government. Any reform has to come from within the Muslim community. It can not be imposed. Any such ban will be in complete clash with values of freedom, liberty and most importantly of Secularism. Secularism has been confused with being irreligious, but the true meaning of secularism is separation of state and Church/Religion. It means non interference of state in people’s religious matters. Hence French Government has no business in interfering with people’s right to practice their Religion.