What the French Burkini Ban is NOT About

It’s not about modesty.

Modesty isn’t defined by some recommended proportion of your body that should be covered by clothing. Rather, a large part of it is about not attracting undue attention to yourself. In this, the particular customs of place and time are obviously important. On a beach where most people go around 80% naked, Muslim women do not wear burkinis for reasons of modesty – to avoid attracting attention to themselves or to prevent lustful responses from those looking at them. They wear burkinis because they want to identify as Muslim or are frightened at what their community will do to them if they do not identify as Muslim.

…There really isn’t any middle-ground here. Either you think Islam, taken on its own and as a whole, is a threat to free civilization, or you do not. If you do not, then any legislation targeting Islam or Muslims is unjust. But if you do, then something must be done. While a burkini ban alone is obviously not that something, it may be part of a start.

And we’re past the point of innocent protestations – “I’m against terrorism, but people should be perfectly free to practice their own religion, including Islam if they so choose.”

Well, no. No, they shouldn’t. Not if the sum of their “practicing” amounts to a growing threat on everyone’s freedoms.

  • Jim Horne

    Filed under The Equality of Women

    ‘We’re seeing the emergence of a police of mores who are principally targeting young women on the issue of modesty.’ Jacqueline Costa-Lascoux, Director of the French National Centre for Scientific Research

    France is Right to Ban the Burkini

    • Brett_McS

      Excellent article. One of the comments: “We will fight them on the beaches…”. Hehe.

  • Ed

    When mecca allows christians, we’ll allow islam. Why is this so hard?

  • bargogx1

    Finally, someone gets it.

  • canminuteman

    Being free to practice your religion is a crock. What if you are an Aztec and your religion requires you to make human sacrifices to the sun god? Obviously we do not allow that. So allowing the free practice of a religion that advocates death or conversion/submission of all infidels is equally ridiculous.

  • H

    Great article – very articulate and clear. Definitely passing this one on to others. A lot of good points but I think that I was personally most struck by his mention of how our arguments and policies are typically framed around the question of “how will Muslims react to this?” (Almost as if we’re a society of battered wives, isn’t it?”)

    “But if that is the criterion for judging the prudence of a particular policy vs. “radical Islam,” then the cause is lost. Just don’t rile them and everything will be fine. We hope. Maybe.”

    Thankfully there are still some people in our societies who are not afraid to rile them.

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  • FactsWillOut

    It’s war. We didn’t worry about the rights of jap immigrants in ww2, we shouldn’t worry about the rights of muzz. Period.

  • Cat-astrophe

    So, if the Burkini is the symbolic straw that kills the camel, is there any longer a difference between a burkini and a Mosque? Neither belong in our society.

    • moraywatson

      The only difference between a mosque and a burqini, is how many muslims you can fit inside one.

  • pdxnag

    The pious practice of Islam is the threat. Particularly when they most accurately mimic Mohammad.

  • moraywatson

    I’m not interested in dying, so that muslims can freely practice their “religion”. I’m not interested in paying the jizya, so that muslims can freely practice their “religion”.

    Islam in never about “modesty”, it is about “totalitarian control”. It is about the supremacism of muslim-identification, so that you know both who is controlled, and by whom you are controlled. A woman wearing a burqini, for instance, serves a dual purpose; first as a marker to let infidels know that infidels are no longer in control where she is present, and secondly as a marker to let both her and infidels know she is controlled by muslim men.

    If freely practicing their religion requires muslims to exert control over non-muslims, then we non-muslims get to say, NO, and FUCK OFF, and GO AWAY. They don’t even have to physically go anywhere, to go away. They just have to stop self-identifying in public as being totalitarian supremacists.

  • John

    It’s just one provocation after another when it comes to the clothing jihad.