Five Reasons To Ban the Burqa

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Belgium and France have banned the Burqa and the new Dutch government is considering doing the same.  Critics have charged that the ban is religiously intolerant, some even claim that it’s intolerant of women, but the truth is that the Burqa is dangerous to women. Both those who wear it—and those who don’t.

1. The Burqa Covers Up Abuse

Countries where the Burqa is commonly worn also have higher rates of domestic violence.  In Afghanistan 87 percent of women reported experiencing domestic violence. In Pakistan that number goes as high as 90 percent. Domestic violence is also a major problem in Saudi Arabia.

In cases of domestic abuse, the Burqa doesn’t just isolate the woman, it also covers up evidence of the abuse. It gives the abuser the freedom to brutalize his partner without worrying that anyone will even notice.

This is an especially vital issue in Europe, where spousal abuse is a serious crime, and the abuser has more motivation than ever to cover it up. The Burqa successfully isolates abuse victims, cuts them off from any prospective support networks and prevents anyone on the outside from even realizing what is being done to them.

The Muslim community has been in denial about its rates of domestic abuse. The Burqa is one reason why. It’s easier not to see abused women, when they are segregated and the marks of their abuse are kept out sight.

2.  The Burqa Justifies Sexual Assault on Women Who Don’t Wear It

In response to a gang rape, the Chief Mufti of Australia said, “If she was in her room, in her home, in her Hijab, no problem would have occurred.” By wearing the Burqa or Hijab, women participate in a narrative that gives rapists a pass for sexual assaults on women who don’t dress the way the Mufti or Imam says they should.

The Koran gives a similar justification for a head to toe covering for women, “O Prophet! Tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks (veils) all over their bodies that they may thus be distinguished and not molested.” (Koran 33:59)

This distinction between women who can be ‘molested’ and those who cannot is what makes the Burqa such an explosive addition to Europe—which is already suffering from a high rate of Muslim sexual assaults on non-Muslim women.

The Burqa divides women into “good girls” and “whores” and gives potential rapists, religious ammunition for their crimes.

Banning the Burqa protects women who choose not to wear it from being assaulted because of their perceived immodesty.

3.  Civic Participation

The essence of a modern society is that it extends civic participation to everyone. Deliberately preventing an entire gender from participating in society as identifiable individuals is an assault on the democratic character of the state.

Individuals are recognizable through personal attributes. Remove those attributes and you remove the individuality as well. The Sahih Bukhari relates that one inspiration for the Burqa was that one of Mohammed’s followers was able to recognize one of his wives at night. The implication is that the Burqa is meant to prevent such recognition from taking place. Women are not meant to be recognized as individuals. Or to be empowered to make their own decisions.

The Burqa is designed to impede interaction outside the home. The failure to be recognized as an individual is dehumanizing and deprives women of their role in civic life.

Countries where the Burqa is in wide use, have low rates of female civic participation. In Saudi Arabia women are not allowed to vote. In parts of Pakistan, women are not allowed to vote as well. In Afghanistan women were shunted into female only polling stations, or forced to vote by proxy through a male family member.

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  • http://www.resonoelusono.com/Platform.htm Alexander Gofen

    There are more reasons to ban burqa

    6. Burqa helps criminals to hide, to penetrate, and to escape (done regularly).

    7. Is it no more true that "In Rome do like Romans do?"

    And so on… The list becomes long and not exhausting because the author posed a wrong question. It is ISLAM which has no place in the Western world rather than burqa.

    • bob o'shea

      people who were burkas are religous muslims so they wouldn,t commit crime as it is prohibited in islam for example adultery

      • nick o'shea

        I AGREE WITH BOB

        • StephenD

          Probably because you're both tools.

      • ddd

        adultery is not a crime.

      • islamisacult

        What a load of bollocks. All muslims are religious and dangerous. They are the worst perpertrators of crime, particularly rape, (Oslo in Sweden, England) and other countries in Europe. White women are seen as whores and easy white meat, particularly vulnerable children.) muslims do not give a shi.t about crime, or anyone else but themselves!

    • Md Tarique

      Helo Boss.. This World Is Of Muslim.. Have Yu Ever Heard A Muslim Wearing Hijab Has Been Raped?? We In Islam Belive Tht Womens Are Treasure.. Now Tell Me Who Will Be Tht Stupid Who Opens The Treasure In Front Of All..

      • thereallybadfword

        I've heard of many women in Hijabs and even the full burqa, being raped. A simple seach on Google will show you…
        Women are not 'treasure'. They are HUMAN BEINGS who deserve to be treated as such!

  • waterwillows

    Actually, Islam has no place in the world. It is a cult of organized paedophiles and closet queers. It is not able to build any society or nation.
    The enforcement of the burka on women is used as an aid to further the twisted development of this cult. It is a world turned upside-down, with nowhere to go, except to eventually self-destruct after massive destruction on all others.
    It robs women of absolutely everything, while never noticing that they have robbed themselves even greater.
    The burka is a visual symbol of what a twisted ideology can bring about. It is a symbol that normal is not acceptable.

    • Steven Prange

      You beat me to it, I must agree, Islam has no place or reason for existence.

      • 7861

        If you do not know the reasons for why the burqa is created then keep your opinions to yourself. You may think of all the negativity that it creates but having a burqa has created a very big sense of security for Muslim women. Western countries are completely different to Eastern countries where it is not safe. You don't see Muslims discriminating your race or religion, so dont disgrace theirs.

    • Isabella

      This is a completely arrogant approach, have you not considered that maybe women choose to wear the burkas? and furthermore how idiotic are you to make such a generalisation of islam 'a cult of organized paedophiles and closet queers.'

      You should seriously be embarrassed.

      If you're going to make a arguement have valid criticisms, not generalsations and opinions.

    • Anonymous

      Listen here! If u don't anything gd 2 say abwt Muslims…then we don't wanna hear…I respect pols believes n I'm a Muslim…I'm not forced to wear religious wear n AGAIN! IM A PROUD MUSLIM. Ppl can say what they want cause u have ur believes n we have ours! I also pray 4 all the ppl instead of gossip abwt them that' soon 1day, ppl will relise that they are WRONG! May God guide u, Amen..

  • kafir4life

    I'm completely against banning the burkee. As a muslima trapped in a Jewish man's body, I find them very handy to gain access to women's bathing, dressing, and toileting areas. If I can't wear my burkee, how the heck am I expected to watch?

    allahu snackbar!!

    • tom

      y u sayin allahu snack bar u b itch

      • rob

        i agree with tom

      • kafir4life

        'cause at the allahu snackbar, they have daily pork specials! Today, they have a sandwich called "The Final Prophet" that's a bar-b-q'd pork on a bagel.

    • lll

      kafiror baychaa!

  • vivianclay

    It is understandable that Muslims, with a caliphate agenda, are resisting a ban of this outfit, but that a political class, who for decades have been advocating equality of genders, are as eager to maintain the 'rights' to use it, must raise questions.
    Is it at all possible to battle this and other Islamic issues infringeing on our freedom, without defeating the political class paving the road for a Islamic colonialization?

  • montlasky

    It does have a use in wedding photos! Imagine the photos of the bride and all the bridesmaids-look at the money saved on fashion and then who knows or cares who the bride is!

  • montlasky

    It does have it's uses. Imagine a wedding photo with the bride and all the bridesmaids.Think of the savings on fashion. Nobody would know who the bride is anyway!

    • kafir4life

      Most of them you would not want to show their faces anyway. Usually the brides have two burkee looks. In case one catches on fire, the other one will prevent you from having to see their faces. The burkee is also a method common among mohamadens to perform homosexual marriages. It's common for muslim men to disguise themselves as women because they are cowards, but it also comes in handy for two muslim "men" to be married, as islam throws homosexuals off the highest buildings, and if the falls don't kill them, they are allowed to be beaten to death.

      allahu snackbar

      • tom

        y u chttin sh it u bas tard

        • montlasky

          You talk like a burqua you must look like one!!!!

        • ProudMUSLIM!

          May got grant u guidance, Amen! U r on the wrong side..

    • gsw

      Nobody would know who the bride is anyway!

      or the age of the bride either …. 9; 10, 11 of course not ….

      • SpiritOf1683

        9, 10, 11 – thats almost pensioner age by bride standards.

    • tanstaafl

      It's the one with the largest uni-brow, right?

  • Linda

    in this day of terrorism….it is VERY easy for a woman OR even a man to don the burqa in order to hide a huge body belt made of bombs!

    • palidin 911

      reason #6

  • Robin

    if the moslem burqa is so fantastic make the men wear it too in america so we can see who all the terrorists are.

    • tom

      dicl heds

  • tom

    u gays should stop chattin shi t

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  • tom

    stereotypes

  • *sdgfsd

    f***ck u go su** ur mum u gay bast@rD

  • kafir4life

    shut up tom

  • tom

    WAT U GONNA DO

  • tom

    tak bak u bit ch

  • tom

    dic kface

  • kafir4life

    u prick

  • tom

    ur dad is a fu king gay prik wat now

  • kafir4life

    hahaha

  • coach

    what did u do on the weekend?????

  • coach

    your mum

  • tom

    go hahha ur mum

  • coach

    said james

  • boss man

    firstly all your mumz than dad

  • kafir4life

    ur mum

  • james

    Tom your mum is a homo

  • boss

    hh

  • SEXYTharik

    Bumba clarks rasta fareians

    Burka TILL I DIE

  • tom

    ur sister seems to like the burka

  • james

    fuvk your mum!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • kafir4life

    ur dad seems 2

  • james

    you are a three mason!!!!

  • boss

    I will kill you dick if you try it

  • tom

    r u gay why u taking about my dad 4

  • SEXYTharik

    Naz is gay

    • tom

      tharik 4 francine

      • SEXYTharik

        YOUR MUM

  • bob

    u kafir go to hell

  • SEXYTharik

    May ALLAH help all those :/

    • Muslim

      I agree!

  • kafir4life

    i am a mason

  • SEXYTharik

    Hey miss :D

  • fukjews

    james is gay

  • fuk jews

    james suks diik

  • tom

    i love boys

  • Fah-hel

    I love men

  • rayhan

    im a the joka from batman and im the devils son i bummed my dad

  • tom

    i adore men's dicks

  • fuck jews

    i worship men penusis

  • BS77

    Moderator….please clear this thread of the juvenile potty mouth idiocy.

    • soloman4israel

      BS77 greetings.
      i have sent an e-mail to the editor/front line on the same subject.

    • SpiritOf1683

      At least we get to realise that single celled organisms aren't the least intelligent lifeforms on the planet.

  • Veronique

    There are many other legitimate reasons to ban the burqa.
    It is a health and safety hazard. Wearers cannot get vitamin D from the sun which can cause mental problems and Rickets in babies. It has been responsible for cusing many accidents and death. It covers the periferal vision and no one should be allowed to drive wearing the burqa.
    It is a huge security risk and flies in the face of security cameras. It is used for crimes and by Homicide bombers. Recently a woman got off a 6month jail term because not one could prove it was her under the burqa.
    It is not a religious requirement but a cultural one left over from slavery. It is offensive, intimidating and provocative and is part of sharia law.
    Women who choose to wear the burqa are condemning those ho have no choice to spend the rest of their lives in a body bag. It has been banned as a security risk in some Islamic countries.

  • Asher

    Sure is a great place to hide weapons isn't it! They are all a bunch of spooks, what an accursed race that creates continual problems, Jihad, destruction of properties, and lack of prosperity among their own people!

  • kafir4life

    ya are what ya eat tom. Dat why dey calls you a shiite head.

  • kafir4life

    Neat-O. Some rag-heads are pretending to be me!!

  • LindaRivera

    In Britain, a Muslim terrorist was able to escape at the airport wearing a burqa. Muslims clad in burqas have robbed jewelry stores and other businesses.

    Wearing the burqa implies that women are so terrible they must be covered up and hidden. But in the Bible, G-D says everything He has created is good!!!

  • ,xog

    islam-mecca is not really a religion its more of a fascist death cult,and the reason we support bannning the burka is the same reason we support banning apartheid the burka is gender apartheid, the burkha is sexual slavery, the burkha is a religious cults hatred of womenon display and its disgusting,you cannot be a liberal and support the burkha nor can you be a feminist and support the burkha since the burkha is anti-thetical to both philosophies you can only be a coward and a fascist dog to support the burkha

  • steven reeves

    MUSLIMS ARE HOMOS let me illustrate ah slam yo rectum,thats homo isnt it or have you seen all the young boys heads bobbing up and down in the bordellos oops i mean mosques, or the men on their elbows and knees in the bordellos oops i mean mosques looks queer to me looks damn queer to me and their manifestation of their queer identity is to ban women women from society hence the burkha.

  • JoelB

    I am appalled at the level of discourse in the comments on this site. The name-calling and ad-hominem attacks posted by 'james', 'kafir4life', 'tom', 'boss man' etc. are beneath contempt, and certainly beneath the quality of this otherwise excellent site.

    Grow up, guys!

  • guest xyz

    Women should indeed NOT be allowed the vote, they have given us the likes of Hitler, Clinton (both of them) and Pharaoh Hussein aka Barry Soetoro.
    Other than that , I agree with everything the author of this article says, abuse in the Mohammedan world is horrific, incest and family murder is the order of the day in most of the Mohammedan countries, it is sanctioned by the maim, murder and molest prophet and his dunggod allah.

    • ProudMuslim

      If u don't like Islam may Allah(God) grant you on the right path…plz do research on Islam b4 u talk bad!

  • techmans

    One of the most compelling reasons would seem to me is that this kind of "clothing" is downright unhealthy. All wearers, even near the tropics must be severely vit. D deficient and suffer a host of ailments as a result.

    So, to wear these garments in mid and higher latitudes where we already have trouble getting enough sunshine for half the year is most detrimental.

  • Amused

    Judging b the posts , I 'd say the membership is mostly juvenile .

  • DJJ

    Thank you, Daniel, for another well written article. I find all of your writings to be very informative, thought provoking, and sometimes extremely funny. Keep up the good work!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    While Muslims are free to believe what they do, a public display that dehumanizes women as a gender by treating their faces as obscene, is an intolerant violation of the norms of civil society.

    Really? Are they also free to believe the 6th and most important pillar of which Islam stands as well, in which it is an obligatory duty in Islam for every Muslim (no exceptions) to wage jihad against unbelievers in the cause of Allah?

    “Al-Jihad (holy fighting) in Allah’s Cause (with full force of numbers and weaponry) is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars (on which it stands). Allah’s Word is made superior, (His Word being Lailaha illallah which means none has the right to be worshipped but Allah), and His Religion (Islam) is propagated. By abandoning Jihad (may Allah protect us from that) Islam is destroyed and the Muslims fall into an inferior position; their honour is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish. Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape from this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfil this duty, dies with one of the qualities of a hypocrite.”

    –The Noble Qur’an published in Saudi Arabia by the “King Fahd Complex for the Printing of the Holy Qur’an, Madinah, K.S.A.

    Banning the Burqa doesn’t go nearly far enough. We need to ban and reverse Muslim immigration altogether ASAP as well. As you can’t allow for the importation of Muslims without also allowing for the importation of jihad and sharia at the same time, as jihad, the sixth and most important pillar of Islam, and sharia, the will of Allah, are both intrinsic to Islam and you can’t import Muslims without also simutaneously importing jihad and sharia as well.

    In addition, the notion that you can protect your society by outlawing and banning sharia is naïve, as again sharia is intrinsic to Islam since it is the will of Allah. In any event, the vast overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants in country after country have flat out refused to assimilate and integrate and instead have formed segregated Muslim no-go zones ruled by sharia as parallel societies within societies and in direct contravention to the laws of the states in which they reside. Indeed, Muslims never migrate to non-Muslim countries to assimilate and integrate but instead to eventually subjugate and dominate in order to make Islam supreme via demographic conquest.

    Hence, no amount of laws passed to stop sharia can possibly stop sharia, because a Muslim can’t be a Muslim without sharia and jihad, since sharia is the will of Allah and jihad is the sixth and most important pillar of which Islam stands, and both are intrinsic to Islam.

  • http://www.facebook.com/groups/102328249851447 Luxenberg Fan

    It is often Chapter 24 (Sur Al Noor/The Light) – that muslims use to crowbar women into hijab and veiling.

    'Q. – By the way, what do you think about the Islamic veil?

    A. – "There is a passage in Sura 24, verse 31, which in Arabic reads, 'That they should beat their khumurs against their bags.' It is an incomprehensible phrase, for which the following interpretation has been sought: 'That they should extend their kerchiefs from their heads to their breasts.' But if this passage is read in the light of Syro-Aramaic, it simply means: 'They should fasten their belts around their waists."
    An interview with "Christoph Luxenberg" by Alfred Hackensberger http://www.jihadwatch.org/2004/03/scholar-researc

  • Mohammed Tarique

    Hey..I Think Yu Shud Knoe The Thing Before Yu Tell Anythng Abt Any Religion.. Although We All Muslims Knoe Tht Rather Than Islam There Is No Perfect Religion We Still Dont Abuse Or Tell Somethng Abt Othr Religion.. Its A Stupid Thing Tht Yu All Blaming Islam And Muslims For Everythng.. Try To Read And Compare Yur Religion With Islam Then Yu'll Knoe Wht Is ISLAM And Wht Are Muslims..

    • ProudMUSLIM!

      Agreed!

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  • ries

    i really hate the muslim bastards with passion

  • ries

    i worked in a snackbar i gave all the muslim bas tards pork!

  • Ismael

    Can you cite your sources, I stopped reading at the domestic violence thing because there are no proof or sources. This article is stupid.

    • Gilbert Flores

      It only requires imagination and common sense, stupid, how can you tell if someone is abused if the person is fully covered?, specially in a culture that annuls them, there is a high probability of this happening….it doesn’t require many brain neurons unless you have none it seems.

  • Christian Girl

    When I was a student in Berlin, capital city of Germany, I was many times abused in districts like Wedding for example, where many arabic and turkey people live. Even though Europe is not a basis for muslims, in our countrys, in our cities, immigrants abuses woman who wear skirts or short jeans. It was very painfull for me to see what is going on. In my own country I could not wear the dress I liked. In case they were calling me as “whore”, that I will go to hell, they were trying to touch explaining it, that I allow it if I don’t cover myself like good muslim girls… Still I feel very very bad about all this. It was very hurting expierience…

    • senfoghorn1

      Christian Girl: Don’t think for a moment that the same thing does not happen to Muslim girls. Perverts are Perverts. One Sheik recently said that babies should be dressed in hajib to avoid rape.” How sick is that!!!

      • sophia

        yas that is thats totally messed up what is wrong with sociaty

  • Benjamin

    This article makes poorly-constructed arguments and assertions. It’s also ridiculous and implausible, primarily because it confuses the source of misogyny with a symptom.

    • Gilbert Flores

      It all makes common sense unless you are in the position of defending the indefensible, truth hurts right?, muslim abuses of women will not last long in the West, nor will the muslims, your time draws near

  • Heidi Hovath

    I am a non-muslim, white, Christian American woman. Throughout my life since I was an adolescent, I have always tried to dress conservatively (tight enough to show you’re a woman, loose enough to show you’re a lady, as my grandfather used to say). I respect the right of Muslim women to dress how they please, whether by religious mandate or societal pressure. The above article shows valid defenses for discriminating against the Burqa, but these reasons are mainly for the protection/benefit of the Muslim female in general, such as a mask for domestic violence, to de-individualize them, etc.

    I personally have no objection to a person wearing what she/he chooses to wear, just as I reserve my right to dress as I please without interference. If you talk to a Muslim man, he will invariably tell you that that’s the way their women choose to dress…. without any familial/societal pressure (yeah, right… lol). That’s their business. What is MY business, though, and what this article fails to point out among its “5 Reasons….” …. is the safety issue involving ME and MY people. I would not want to share the road with a Burka’d driver whose face is covered, share a bus or, God forbid, an airplane … nor stand in line with one in the bank. They had already fought for the right NOT to uncover their faces for a DMV photo (guess what… no license! … LOL, their right to keep their face covered during a police mug shot (let’s get real! ) … all in the name of religion…. they lost on all counts. It’s our SAFETY/SECURITY I’m concerned about …. they can Burqa or go about naked, it’s their call.

    • Gilbert Florens

      I refuse for the government to allow any person wearing a Burqa or Niijab(pardon if misspelled) it is unsafe and brings a lot of security concerns, besides there’s not even a religious reason for it, the Islam requires women to be covered (which I believe is placing the blame on victims) but does not specifically states it has to be a burqa, so anyone claiming religious reasons is playing false allegations, the abused and broken in women’s approval of this is not to be considered valid since it is coming from an invalidated and possibly abused human being with little to no choice in this, just as the abused women in domestic violence situations tend to defend their abusers against their own wellness or benefit

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  • anonymous

    I am not concerned with the banning or not banning of burqah but the interpretation of the koranic surah has been quoted totally wrong here. Islam is the most liberal religion. Those were times of insecurity in medinah and muslim women were asked to cover themselves with outer garments when walking abroad only. It was never contemplated that they should be confined to their houses like prisoners.
    The object was not to restrict the liberty of women but to protect them from harm and molestation under the conditions then existing in Medina.

  • Dove

    I think the Muslims men should teach themselves not to rape a woman regardless their dress code. If you follow Muhammad, you will failed, if you follow Jesus ( Isa-Almasih ) example, you will succeed. Jesus refused to turn the stone into a bread even He was hungry.

  • http://jellybeansinthejungle.blogspot.com.au/ 1735099

    The kilt is a very dangerous garment.

    You could hide a knife, a Glock or a grenade under a kilt.

    It’s definitely time they were banned in banks and police stations and on public transport…………….

    • senfoghorn1

      Yes!! People around the world are terrified of a man wearing a kilt. They murder without thought, bury children alive, cut heads off, burn people alive ah, – my bad – not kilts….

  • Rob the log

    I just refuse to have anything to do with anybody who will not show they’re face, I just turn and walk away! And I’m in a service industry.