The French parliament has generously freed women from having the right to wear a full-length burka in public.
The bill, which critics say stigmatises immigrants, bans people “from wearing, in a public place, garments designed to cover the face”.
Offenders would be fined 150 euros ($216) or required to take part in a citizenship class.
How benevolent of them! I’m sure it was all about protecting the human dignity of such women, and not in any way about bashing a “foreign” migrant community that the native French dislike.
And I don’t want to hear anything about how you could protect women from being forced to wear the burka without banning them from wearing it; making sure they have the genuine freedom to choose. Because, obviously, the only way to respect women as independent human beings is to criminalise a choice they might make that we know is bad for them.
Also, do you know how often banks are robbed by women in movement-restricting full-length burkas? Okay, never, but that’s no reason not to panic about the possibility of it happening at some stage in the future!
POSTSCRIPT: Bad news for motorcyclists in France, who will now presumably be prevented from wearing helmets.