The US Commission on International Religious Freedom released their annual report with aggressive burqa-love on pp.281-282 of the report.
To digress for a moment, the latest Pew Research study found that more than half of Muslims included in their study believe that wives must obey their husbands at all times. The Burqa is symbolic of how that thought process manifests itself in women’s rights. Read about the poll here.
The Commission alerts our government to violations of religious freedom worldwide but they somewhat diminish their credibility when they go all burqa on us. Western Europe is being strangled by the extreme Muslims and it is the extremists who require a burqa.
The Commission said that there are justifiable limits to “religious expression, including dress,” but they “must be narrowly tailored to achieve a specified permitted ground—public safety, public order, public health, public morals, or the rights and freedoms of others—and it must be non- discriminatory.”
If they had only stopped there.
The commission wants Europe to go easy on the burqa. They believe that the “2011 French and Belgian laws appear to ban all face-covering garments in a neutral way” however they write, “their enforcement make clear that they are directed at religiously- motivated face coverings worn by some Muslim women, specifically the Islamic burqa and niqab. This raises discrimination concerns. The French law also penalizes, with imprisonment or very large fines, anyone who coerces a woman or a minor to wear a full-face veil…”
Forcing women and children to completely cover up is inhumane. Women and children are mandated to wear the burqa and they only have freedom to not wear it if the government gives it to them, leaving their husband and Imams out of it.
The Commission’s report was good for the most part but this issue is one they should consider going easy on.
Their views are very dangerous. We could end up seeing an influx of Burqa-wearing women in the US, all the while crosses are being banned in all public places, anti-semitism is on the rise, and Atheists spread vehement anti-Christian hate.