10 Reasons to Ban the Burqa in the United States

10 Reasons to Ban the Burka in the United States
10 Reasons to Ban the Burka in the United States

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.

10Burqas Hide Abuse

You can’t see bruises through these covers.

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?

9Burqas Reject Progressive Values

“But I’m a Republican.”

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.

8The Burqa Promotes Segregation and Discrimination

Burqas = bad.

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.

7Burqas Hide a Woman’s True Identity

Ahh!! Isn’t that better. I knew she was hiding a body under that blanket!

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.

6Burqas Lead to Withdrawal from Community and Entry into Radical Groups

The journey from Burqa to Ninja: It’s a slippery slope.

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.

5They Symbolize Oppression

I’m sure her family and community care about her opinion. In fact, if we were to rank family members she comes after the family cat but right above the fish. That’s something!

Also, Burqas symbolize oppression. If a woman is covering her entire face and body, what kind of message does this send to the rest of the world? Even if she is choosing to do so in the name of her spiritual beliefs, what is this symbolizing?

The United States, again, is built on freedom. The freedom of self-expression, the freedom of speech, and the freedom to hold your beliefs. Having to wear a burqa out in public and cover up your identity is not a symbol of liberty in any sense of the word. It is a symbol of oppression and fear. Women must cover themselves up in fear of the men in their lives. They must cover up in fear of harsh retaliation if they don’t. They cannot show their faces, their body, or their identity to others and must always live behind a sheet that covers who they are. Is this freedom? This does not sound like the freedom we have been granted. Instead, it sounds like a prison-bound by dark, thick sheets with a single slit for air.

Is this what the United States promotes? Is this the kind of behavior that the Unites States encourages? No. The United States wants all women to be strong, independent, and progressive. Allowing those in this country to wear a Burqa out in public sends the wrong message. Women who have to spend their lives behind a veil never know what it truly means to come out of their shell, so to speak. They never know what it means to be themselves and to express themselves freely. Instead, they learn to hide. They learn that they are different and are forced to feel as though they are segregated from the rest of the population. This is not what this country believes in, and this symbol of oppression should not be allowed to continue wreaking havoc on the poor women who are subjected to wearing Burqas.

4Burqas Make People Feel Uncomfortable

Imagine these Ninjas sneaking up on you while you’re perusing Walmart’s choicest beef jerky flavors. Zoinks! Run Scoob!

Another reason to ban the Burqa is that it makes people feel uncomfortable. As a nation built on providing people with a life of prosperity and comfort, do you think it is right to make people feel uncomfortable on their streets and in their neighborhoods?

On September 11, 2001, the United States faced a major attack on U.S. soil. Four coordinated terrorist threats carried out by a radical Islamic terrorist group, took down the twin towers in New York City. This event killed more than 2,900 people, injured more than 6,000, accounted for billions of dollars in infrastructure damage, and led to severe shock, sorrow, and perpetual fear for years to follow.

This was, without a doubt, one of the largest attacks that the United States has been involved with in recent years. This event proceeded a number of other attacks around the world, led by radical Islamic terrorist groups. In the United States, alone, there have been thirteen other accounts of radical terrorist movement that have taken the lives of innocent men, women, and children.

There is no denying that since the United States is facing a difficult and very powerful enemy, that there is a heightened sense of fear. Unfortunately, there are many people who associate terrorist acts with the entire Muslim community. They hold all Muslims accountable for the actions of a few. It is common nowadays to see someone wearing a Burqa or another form of Muslim attire and feel fear. There is uncertainty about whether an individual who is all covered up is hiding something or is going to carry out an act of terrorism.

Burqas, as a result, should be banned due to the simple fact that they illicit fear. They do not make those who are wearing them look friendly or approachable. If the United States government wants to provide a safe place for people to call home, they need to ban Burqas in light of the insecurity they provoke.

3Burqas Suggest Sexual Immodesty

Burqas. Nuclear weapons grade slut shaming. Preemptive slut shaming. Preshaming.

Burqas also suggest sexual immodesty. They are worn as a symbol of purity and modesty but suggest just the opposite. They suggest that women can’t control themselves freely in a society filled with men. They suggest that women who wear them don’t know how to practice restraint in the face of temptation.

What’s more disturbing, perhaps, is that Muslim men are not subjected to the same rules as Muslim women. Why is it that women must cover up every inch of their body and face, while men need to simply cover from the navel to the knee? Again, the United States promotes fairness and equality among all populations. As a nation, the United States does not force those of one gender to dress or act a certain way, while allowing those of the opposite sex to do as they wish. Wouldn’t it be more constructive to ban the burqa in the United States so that women can express themselves freely and embrace the body, the face, and the personality that was given to them by their creator?

In addition to sexual immodesty, one can argue that the Burqa also perpetuates body dysmorphia. Muslim women who must wear a Burqa are not allowed to embrace their bodies. They are not allowed to let down their hair, show off their eyes, or expose their skin. They never learn what it is like to love their body.

The other extreme is not socially acceptable either. In the United States, it is not socially appropriate to walk around naked, but there is something to be said about women who can embrace their bodies and their sexuality. If we don’t allow people to wander the streets completely naked, why would we allow them to walk the streets completely covered up from head to toe?

2Burqas Can Perpetuate Body Dysmorphia

Sexuality is a weapon that may be used for good and evil. Muslim men are frightened of this fact and seek to rob women of their power by imposing crazy burqa rules. Burqini = control. Bikini = freedom & power.

In addition to sexual immodesty, one can argue that the Burqa also perpetuates body dysmorphia. Muslim women who must wear a Burqa are not allowed to embrace their bodies. They are not allowed to let down their hair, show off their eyes, or expose their skin. They never learn what it is like to love their body.

In the United States, body dysmorphia is a looming concern, especially among young women. It is estimated that there are approximately five million people in the United States who suffer from Body Dysmorphic Disorder, or BDD. That is equivalent to about one in every 50 people! With such a large percentage of young people already suffering from body image issues, why should young Muslim women be forced to cover themselves up from head to toe in this country? Why would the Federal Government allow such an act that only serves to perpetuate body image issues?

Regardless of whether a young woman is forced to wear a Burqa or “chooses” to do so, allowing her to cover up from head to toe is only preventing her from embracing her body. She may never know what it is like to truly love her body, show it off, or explore her sexuality if she is required to cover it up.

1Burqas Are a Threat to The Safety of All-Americans

Burqas are a menace to society.

Most important, perhaps, is that Burqas should be banned in the United States due to the security issues that they present.

As mentioned prior, the world is in a time of turmoil. Now, more than ever before, nations are facing terrorist acts on all fronts. Nations are being attacked by radical Islamic groups that are killing thousands of innocent men, women, and children. People are dying. On September 11th alone, the United States lost almost 3,000 innocent souls. Husbands, fathers, mothers, sisters, grandparents, and siblings who went to work that day and never returned home to their families. And for what?

Nations are losing their citizens to nameless, faceless beings that are getting harder and harder to stay ahead of and counterattack. Nations are no longer fighting a war for territory, but rather fighting for their freedom and their peace.

No one should be allowed to wear full-body garments that cover their face and their body. No one should be allowed to wear something that covers their identity when security threats across the world are so high. In the United States, Burqas need to be banned to protect the nation’s citizens who are working so hard, day in and day out, just to keep their families safe.

Conclusion

While the Burqa is considered a form of traditional dress in the Muslim community, it should be banned in the United States. Although wearing the Burqa in the United States is a woman’s choice, it does not symbolize a freedom of choice or a freedom of self-expression.

To many, the Burqa symbolizes fear and oppression. Women stripped of their identity and separated from society wear the burqa.  As a nation built on the principles of freedom, justice for all, and equality, why would the U.S. allow something like this to infiltrate its society?

Ban the burqa to protect and preserve America’s safety, its principles and most importantly its women.

  • Kelseym

    I see where you are coming from with this.

  • Jenny Ham

    Thanks for your view interesting

  • Marc

    I totally agree with this article. I don’t think that women should have to wear them.

  • Balexa622

    If someone is choosing to wear it they should not be stopped. No one should feel forced either way.

  • Karen R. Propes

    I agree with what this article is saying. I feel that all women should be treated with respect and have the right to wear what they want to wear.

  • Erica Weaver

    this is a very touchy subject everyone has a opinion and i a choose not to get into this

  • mom2roxiecat

    I think the women should wear the burka if they want to and not wear them if they don’t want to.

  • Mya Murphy

    I believe people should be able to dress the way they choose to..

  • Magda Shehata

    This is an article written by an ignorant person. Have you ever had a personal relationship with a woman wearing a burqa, or even talked to one of them? Clearly, you have done minimum research and know little about this subject. I am completely insulted by this article because it is people like you who allow the world to hide behind whatever lies make them feel their doing the right thing when really, they’re destroying lives of strong Muslim women. Here’s something you were to lazy to search up; why do Muslim women wear niqab? Thank you for being completely closed minded and assuming it because their oppressed, abused, or threatened. Muslim women wear it but it’s what makes them stronger and safer. They chose to allow the world to judged them based on what’s in their hearts and minds rather than their appearance. It is also a sense of protection from all those sick men out there. Now I believe women should wear whatever makes them comfortable, but wouldn’t your parents be worried and concerned if you left your house in something provocative? Therefore, women wearing niqab feel dressing this way and hiding their physical beauty is a sense of protection. So who is the world to ban something that makes women stronger? Where are the feminists that fight for women equality? Women should be allowed to dress the way they want. They are not allowed to take away the rights of women to make people “more comfortable”. This is straight up sexisms towards women and racism towards Muslim.