Archive for June 23, 2009

A little too far for me

Posted: June 23, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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As you would know from reading this blog I don’t have a lot of love for radical Islam but this proposal from Sarkozy of France is a bridge too far for me:

Speaking at the Palace of Versailles, Mr. Sarkozy confronted one of the most hotly debated social issues in France, saying there was no room in the republic for burqas, the garments that some Muslim women wear to cloak their bodies and faces.

“The issue of the burqa is not a religious issue. It is a question of freedom and of women’s dignity,” Mr. Sarkozy said. “The burqa is not a religious sign. It is a sign of the subjugation, of the submission, of women.”

To enthusiastic applause, he said, “I want to say solemnly that it will not be welcome on our territory.”

You don’t assimilate people and control radical Islam by denying people rights any more than you control crime by stringent gun laws. It is necessary to instead enforce the law consistently across the board. Put police in Muslim areas in force. Make sure that if Jews, Gays or anyone else are attacked or intimidated that the full penalty of the law awaits them. Make sure that the rights and responsibilities of citizenship apply to all.

This is a case of barking up the wrong tree.