Muslim Woman Forced to Remove Her Face Veil In Public, Didn’t End Well
A Muslim woman was asked to leave a famed Paris opera after the actors refused to perform in her presence. The woman was wearing a “niqab-type veil”. France has had laws in place for years banning Muslims from wearing face covering in public. Usually violations of the ban are fined but this is the first incidence of someone being asked to leave.
The woman was wearing a niqab, which is a veil that covers the entire face with the exception of the eyes. One of the actors spotted her form the stage, and after which a few member of the cast refused to perform until she was removed from the Opera House. The woman was eventually asked to leave the opera house. In a country such as France it comes as no surprise that the woman’s niqab was a source of contest. France is a sociality country that has had laws in pace since 2011 banning Muslims from covering their faces in public. The law banning any veils was also contested in the European Human Rights court by a young French woman who argued that this was a violation of her freedom of religion. Unfortunately the court did not rule in her favour, stating “”was not expressly based on the religious connotation of the clothing in question but solely on the fact that it concealed the face”.
Herman Dooyeweered a Dutch Scholar compared shining light through a prism and getting a array of colours to how different individuals experience life. All peoples come from different backgrounds with different views and ideas, it becomes a challenge and a goal for us as human beings to learn to accept one another and the differences that define us. Dooyeweered identified ground motives or a value system of what human interpretations of reality are. According to him these ground motives underlie all religions and determine the world view of their person. In relation to the Ban on veils it is important to consider is France seeing this from a different religious perspective, one perhaps where a females covering of the face is not relevant. And overlooking someone else’s religious view where the veil for the female in public plays a vital role. The law stipulates that the face cannot be veiled in public but that is where some religions/cultures find it most necessary.
As a Canadian raised in a multi-cultural environment/society and taught to accept everyone regardless of religious orientation, I find this ban as an extreme violation of a person’s religious rights. In a world of growing interdependence and globalization it is important that we as human beings become that much more tolerant of one another’s religious beliefs or in this cause religious attire. I don’t think that an individual’s personal choices that do not cause harm to others should be subjugated to governmental authority. If someone’s choice of attire is not causing any harm onto another and is a freely made choice, it should be no concern of anyone besides the individual themselves. By imposing a ban on veils France has taken a step towards creating a national dress code, could this be the first step towards many more wardrobe restrictions?
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