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The following piece was graded by an excellent professor who (like me had has a blog) didn’t fear giving feedback, however, mentioned that “because the USA didn’t sign the Kyoto Treaty was the biggest fuck up in the history of the world”.  My question, then why exactly how was the WTO created in the first place???? Any additional feedback would be helpful, the details are a little gray from my point of view. CHEERS!!!

“In Praise of Secularism”

“Woman wearing burqa is stopped by local law enforcement, asked if she chose or was forced to wear said burqa, if she says “forced”, then what? Let’s go have a conversation with your husband? What if he’s out of town on business? Now consider the opposite. “Qui monsieur, I wanted to wear it.”

Women anywhere in the world should never, ever be told what to wear by a man; let alone forced. Proponents are hoping that by placing the higher price tag on forcing a woman to wear the burqa, that this will deter them from doing so and result in bridging the gender inequality gap. Clearly lawmakers, backed by an overwhelming majority in favor of the ban from poll results, found that empowering a woman to divulge if they were forced, or not, will reduce this societal problem.

Before slipping the burqa on in Paris, or just about anywhere in France for that matter, religious garb will now be thought about twice before leaving the house. With it comes a new price tag of 150 EUR, and if you’re the person responsible for pressuring her into slipping in it, 30,000 EUR. Noticeably the difference in price is meant to target the real culprit: those that “force” women to wear unfashionable clothing in, of all places, Paris. But what if it wasn’t?

Now the gender equality argument is not so fashionable. The burqa doesn’t always translate into enslavement. Au contraire, mon frère. We have to assume that some women choose to wear this for religious purposes, just like the crucifix or Star of David by necklace-wielding Christians or Jews. In 2004 there was a ban on those religious symbols, too. This new policy is for all public space. So what will all those benefits from a burqa-free society entail?
According to certain French Committee members, the ban on public displays of the burqa is meant to protect and promote “French secular values” – which apparently the Burqa-wearing population of roughly 2,000, out of 62 million people living in France, poses a serious danger to. The hijab-wearing inhabitants apparently do not. In other words, the law would prevent France from being less French, while at the same time showing the rest of the world a growing attitude in Paris: xenophobia.

The irony of all of this is that by implementing a policy aimed at keeping French secular, in actuality, it made it less. The separation of church (or mosque) and state was violated. The state became involved in religious affairs and failed to respect the rule of law as it relates to civil liberties and personal freedoms; such as expression. In its infinite wisdom the French government decided not to remove itself from religious matters that did not concern the state.

Any time your level of concern is so high as to enforce dress code standards on minority groups by making public statements such as, “It will not be welcome on French soil.” you have to ask the question, “Then how did it get on French soil in the first place?” They’re usually wearing a burqa when they disembark, no?
Targeting the “forced” population, rather than the entire burqa-wearing population, benefits both. A policy directed at those specifically who do not want to dawn that outfit against their will would have maintained secular values in France; now the French government is acting just like the same people it is targeting by forcing them not to wear it. Albeit this may have required a little more analysis into the mechanisms necessary for the implementing such a policy, but in a liberal democracy and multicultural world, targeting the right group is imperative as to avoid any negative repercussions.

That same burqa wearing woman approaches local law enforcement. States she was forced to wear said burqa against her wishes and is concerned. Local law enforcement takes the necessary action to ensure her safety by offering her protection.

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