Burqa Banned

by Charles Roffey

France’s “Burqa Ban” came into force yesterday.

I posted about this last year and generally stand by what I wrote then. There is a debate to be had about the Veil and its place in both Islam and the West. That does not entitle a liberal democracy to use the coercive power of the criminal law to force people into compliance with “our values”. Coercion cannot and should not replace rational debate and persuasion. If it does we’re no better than the systems we claim to abhor.

4 comments ↓

#1 Charles Roffey on 04.14.11 at 12:47 pm

Hello there! I very much agree with your comment here, especially your last point.

#2 Ben on 04.14.11 at 12:49 pm

Hi, thanks for commenting. I very much enjoyed browsing through your photographs.

#3 alison on 04.23.11 at 3:13 pm

It is an area that needs much discussion. I have seen convincing arguments from both sides and it is hard to see which is right.

#4 Ben on 04.25.11 at 11:18 am

In which case it is appropriate to force one side into complying with the other’s view?

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