10 Reasons to Ban the Burqa in the United States
If you have been keeping up with the morning news, you know that the world is in a time of turmoil. This turmoil, however, is unlike any unrest you’ve seen before.
Gone are the days where you met your opponent face to face on a battlefield and fought them head on, guns in hand. Today, our nations face invisible enemies. Nations are facing enemies that don’t have a face or a name. How do you combat an enemy that can’t be seen or traced?
Nations are facing enemies that are hard to defeat because the object of war is no longer tangible. Nowadays, nations are fighting for ideas, beliefs, and religious efforts. In the United States, citizens are constantly fighting for their liberty and freedom. They are fighting to protect the constitutional rights that their ancestors strove to protect on those great battlefields so many years ago.
Now, more than ever before, national safety has become a prime concern. There are many people who are worried about their identities being stolen, their accounts being hacked, and their personal information being shared without consent. People are concerned, perhaps more so, about facing another vicious attack on United States soil; an attack that will kill more innocent men, women, and children.
While the United States has amplified its safety tactics to better protect the people, it has failed to consider placing a nationwide ban on the burqa . Here are ten reasons why the United States should consider prohibiting the burqa for the safety and welfare of millions.
10. Burqas Hide Abuse
The Koran is the sacred book of the Islamic community. It is filled with the Word of God, as dictated to Muhammad, a prophet.
According to the sacred text, men and women in the Islamic community must dress modestly. Over the years, this idea has been adopted differently in different parts of the world. For some, this means partial covering, while to others, it means covering up the entire body when going out in public.
The burqa is a veil that covers a woman’s entire face and body. Burqas traditionally have a mesh window across the eyes so that the woman can see while she is wearing it. The Burqa is different from the Niqab or Hijab, for instance, but is a traditional form of cover that is worn by many Muslim women.
So, why should something that is worn to promote modesty be banned in the United States? One reason is that it is thought to hide the signs of domestic abuse. In countries where Burqas are commonly worn, domestic violence rates are high. Much higher, in fact, than in countries where this form of attire is either not allowed, or not considered the norm. In Pakistan, for instance, it is said that domestic abuse rates hover around 90%.
What’s worse, perhaps, is that these women are hiding behind a shield that protects their abusers from being caught. The Burqa acts as a cover for abuse and serves to further protect the perpetrators of such aggression on women. The United States does not tolerate domestic abuse on any level, so why would it allow this behavior to continue for those living behind a shield?
9. Burqas Reject Progressive Values
Although slavery in the United States was abolished just 150 years ago, the nation has come a long way in securing equality for all.
While there are certainly outbursts that flow with racial tension that arise from time to time, the United States has done an excellent job of promoting justice and equality for minority populations across the nation. In fact, in 2008, the people elected their very first black president, who served for two terms. Women, who were never considered a dominating force, now have a serious voice in politics and the workplace. They are finally coming close to closing the wage gap between men and women in the workforce. Those who belong to the LGBTQ community can get married and have their marriage be recognized by the state. All of this and more demonstrate the incredible push by the people of the United States to foster equality and harmony throughout the nation.
Unlike the forces of the United States, the Burqa rejects progressive values. In fact, it symbolizes retrogression. While women are viewed as equals in many places, they are not when it comes to wearing a Burqa. By wearing a Burqa, they are stripped of their individuality and autonomy. They are not allowed to show off their natural beauty and are often forced to remain quiet at the hands of their male counterparts. As a result, they are forced into isolation. The Burqa prevents them from being active, vocal, and influential members of society that fight for their equality and freedom.
Why would the United States support such a symbol of oppression? The United States is a nation that prides itself on progressivism, not the rejection of such values when it comes to women.
8. The Burqa Promotes Segregation and Discrimination
Muslims are one of the fastest growing populations in the world. In the United States, alone, Muslim women account for one of the largest and fastest growing populations.
Whether Muslim women have immigrated here from other parts of the world or were born in the United States, they have a right to practice their religion freely in this country. This includes having the option of wearing a covering of some sort. According to the United States Constitution, as citizens, they also have the right to be treated equally and equitably. The questions begs, are they?
Unfortunately, in many cases, they are not. Over the years, the United States has made tremendous strides in establishing an equal balance between men and women. Women, all over the nation, have fought for equal wages, equal opportunity, and equal representation in the political realm. While the nation has come a long way since the 1800’s and early 1900’s, there are still blatant inconsistencies that plague women in this country. Muslim women, perhaps more so.
In many cases, Muslim women have been denied their ability to wear their Burqa or cultural covering. They have been harassed by their counterparts, fired from jobs, and denied their fundamental freedoms as citizens of the United States. To many, they are also considered suspects of terrorism.
There is no denying the fact that the Burqa perpetuates discrimination and segregation in this country. Since the aftermath of 9/11, Americans have been extremely cautious of Muslims, in general, let alone those who cover up their identities in public.
7. Burqas Hide a Woman’s True Identity
There is no denying that the Muslim community is currently facing some turbulence. There are a lot of people in a lot of different countries, including the United States, who don’t trust or approve of the work being carried out by the Muslim community’s radical brotherhood. If there is already social tension, why would the United States allow Muslim women to wear Burqas here on U.S. soil?
Burqas should not only be banned because of safety reasons but because they create chaos in the lives of the women who hide behind them. In Muslim countries, wearing a Burqa is not a choice. Many women are forced into wearing body coverings as a means of proving their faith. Many women embrace wearing such garments as a symbol of their faith, but there are many who do not.
In the United States, however, wearing a Burqa is a choice. Women, as a result, have the option of either wearing the Burqa or not wearing the Burqa. This can be a challenging choice, however. For those who grew up in a Muslim country and are used to wearing a Burqa, it can be difficult transitioning to a new way of life. It can be difficult going out and having to face public scrutiny as a result of 9/11 and all of the other terrorist attacks that have been carried out since that date. There are many Muslim women, on the other hand, who feel as though they are being ‘bad’ Muslims by choosing not to wear their traditional gear. Whether they want to wear a Burqa or not, they are faced with internal and external pressures on both sides of the equation.
Rather than put Muslim women in this position, wouldn’t it be best to ban Burqas all together so that all Muslim women in this country are prohibited from wearing them? As a result, there would be no choice, resulting in little to no harassment or internal conflict.
6. Burqas Lead to Withdrawal from Community and Entry into Radical Groups
It is also thought that if Muslim women are oppressed, that they will eventually withdraw from society and seek entry into radical groups – those same groups that have carried out a number of attacks on U.S. and foreign soil.
While this is a very generalized statement, there is some logic behind it. In Muslim countries, women must wear Burqas or other garments to keep their bodies and faces from being exposed due to religious and cultural customs. Many times, women in these countries embrace this attire. Many times, they don’t.
In other countries, however, where they do have a choice, they often face stigmatization and discrimination. When you see a woman walking down the streets of New York City with a full-body covering, does it make you feel frightened? Do you automatically, as a result of prior terrorist activity, think that she is hiding something? It is easy, due to experience, to assume such notions and to feel frightened.
So, on the one hand, Muslim women don’t have a choice. They must always keep their bodies and faces from being exposed out in public. They must constantly hide their identity among their people. On the other hand, if they chose to wear Burqas in other countries, such as the United States, they are faced with discrimination, harassment, and a great deal of social tension. What kind of life does this present them? It makes sense that, over time, these women would eventually withdraw from society and seek entry into a community or group that would deem them more socially acceptable.
Burqas have been banned by a number of other countries, including France. The United States should consider following its European counterparts to ban Burqas and prevent this social isolation and radical ideology.