Linked with THE BURQA: PRISON OR PROTECTION, with a video: Inside Story – Burqa ban in France? – 25 June 09, 24.20 min, and with picture of the year.
Published on The Telegraph.co.uk, by James Delingpole, Last updated: June 23rd, 2009.
Almost every idea that ever came out of France has been bad for America, from the structuralist philosophical gibberish which has poisoned US academe to the grotesquely over-regulated tax and spend socialism which is now ruining the US economy. But if there’s one area where the French do get it SO right it’s in their uncompromising approach to Islam.
President Sarkozy once again showed the way yesterday when in a presidential address to France’s two houses of parliament, he said the burqa is not welcome in his country and should be banned.
As he rightly went on to say the full-body garment which makes women in Afghanistan look like a cross between a prison cell and a walking tent is “not a sign of religion” but a “sign of subservience.” He added: “We cannot have in our country women who are prisoners behind netting, cut off from all social ife, deprived of identity.”
Compare and contrast, the appalling cultural appeasement of President Obama’s speech in Cairo on June 4 when he boasted that the United States prized freedom of religion and would not “tell people what to wear.” And there was I thinking it was the French who were supposed to be the surrender monkeys, not the Americans …
… America, you won’t often hear me say this but in this particular case it’s true. Where Islam is concerned, you have a lot to learn from those pesky cheese-eaters. (full text).
Nicolas Sarkozy says the burqa is not welcome in France, 22 June 2009;
France Moves to Impose Ban on Burqa, 19 June 2009;
Afghan women not ready to cast off burqa, by Salima Ghafari, Jun 5, 2005;
All Google News-results (morning of 12 July 2009) pro and contra Sarkozy’s statement against the Burqa.