Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The proposed French law is very careful not to single out Muslims, but is seen as a way to combat extremist religion. The law would fine women $185 for wearing the veil in public or make them do community service. Those who oppress women and make them wear the veil could have a fine of up to $38,000 or up to one year in prison - double if the woman is a minor.
Many Americans have already spoke up, stating that an American veil ban would be a good idea given the tensions between the western world and Muslim society. However one has to ask the question - doesn't banning a veil for a Muslim woman go against the very grain of American society?
America was founded as a place where you can be free from religious oppression. This is supposed to be a place where you can practice your religion without having to worry about governmental interference. The same liberties that were granted to those who revolted against the Church of England during the American revolution should be given to those within our society that practice any religion.
That being said, Islamic extremism can be oppressive - not always, but some people make it oppressive. Studying Islam in and of itself isn't bad - it's a very peaceful religion if you read about it. Practicing a religion to the point of harming others or making them act a certain way should not be tolerated. The crackdown should be on those who force Islam or Muslim ways on those that don't necessarily believe in its principles.
If you want to end Islamic extremism, banning face veils isn't the way to go about it. We doubt highly that such a ban would be allowed here in the land of the free and home of the brave.