10th December 2016
Couldn’t agree more (with this). The idea that the state should involve itself in the dress that citizens wear is fascist.
Yes, Islam is a fascist and irrational (and particularly dangerous) belief system, but criticism and debate regarding religion is the prerogative of citizens; not the business of government. A government must be religion blind.
Everyone must be free to pursue their delusions so long as they do so peacefully.
It is not the business of government to keep looking at people’s faces. If the government has a particular case against someone, they should pursue it through courts.
I’m assuming at airports where security IS important, people are forced to remove their burqa to show their face and confirm ID. That is perfectly fine, but in day to day life, I’m afraid government has no business to want to see people’s faces.
We have had burqa clad women in India ever since I have known India. Even today lakhs of women wear the burqa. In all these years there has never been any issue that I’ve experienced with women in burqa becoming a security threat to India.
At a minimum, you will need to provide evidence if you (as government) wish to impose on people’s freedoms. It is a very serious matter to ask people to change their dress just because you (Rahul) have a belief (probably more irrational than any religious belief) that women in burqa pose a security threat.
A government is the servant of all of us, including women who wear burqa. Before a servant can ask us to remove the burqa, the servant must prove the reason for reducing freedom.
Government that imposes a “burqa ban” is more fascist than Islam, and that’s saying a lot.
it is important that all liberals remain firmly committed to liberty and refuse to allow government to intervene unless there is direct threat of violence.
a dress is a form of freedom of expression. Although Islam is FASCIST and hates freedom of expression, we the liberals must insist that Muslims be free to practice their beliefs and express their beliefs so long as they are not violent. Burqa is not violent. So let’s not allow governments to stop Muslim women from wearing a burqa. Likewise I hope that Muslims will allow people to mock Mohammed and say whatever they wish to say about Islam, since speech is non-violent manner (unless there is a direct incitement t violence).
Freedom of expression cuts both ways,