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Sarkozy: Burkas Not Welcome In France

By Wyatt Earp | June 23, 2009

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The French are finally standing up to people? Ho. Lee. Crap! To be honest, the more I hear from French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the more I like him.

PARIS, France — The French National Assembly announced Tuesday the creation of a inquiry into whether women in France should be allowed to wear the burka, one day after President Nicolas Sarkozy controversially told lawmakers that the traditional Muslim garment was “not welcome” in France.

Good for you, Nicolas. It’s about time your country showed some won tons.

Last week 57 lawmakers — led by communist legislator Andre Gerin — signed a petition calling for a study into the feasibility of legislation to ban the burka in public places.

On Monday Sarkozy declared in a keynote parliamentary address that the burka, which covers women from head to toe, is “not welcome” in France.

At least not until the country is transformed into an Islamic Republic – like Great Britain is about to be.

“The problem of the burka is not a religious problem. This is an issue of a woman’s freedom and dignity. This is not a religious symbol. It is a sign of subservience; it is a sign of lowering. I want to say solemnly, the burka is not welcome in France,” Sarkozy told lawmakers. (H/TCNN)

Sarkozy is 100% correct. He (and France) will catch a lot of flak if they ban the burka, but hopefully, they will stand their ground. If they do, they will earn my respect.

Topics: Coolness! | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “Sarkozy: Burkas Not Welcome In France”

  1. Jon Brooks Says:
    June 23rd, 2009 at 12:35 pm

    Wow..France.. who would have thought…? Maybe there is hope after all, Notice how we are amazed and pleased by someone else doing the exact opposite of what obambi would do.

    Anyone else going to see Public Enemies on July 1st? The last one about Dillinger with Warren Oates and Ben Johnson was okay (when you have 1/2 of the Wild Bunch
    it will at least be ojay:)) I love gangster movies don’t hold it against me guys and gals..okay?

  2. Raptor Says:
    June 23rd, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I’ll be going. Michael Mann + Tommy Guns? Heck yeah!

    Ho. Lee. Crap. indeed. France? You sure this isn’t some kinda cruel joke? Seriously, though, good for them. ‘Bout time someone in Europe took a stand.

  3. Kim Says:
    June 23rd, 2009 at 2:42 pm

    Hmmm. I’m not sure how I feel about this. The reason given (lack of dignity and freedom to women) is very weak imo.

    I don’t think burkas should be banned simply because they think that it keeps women down. I think a woman (or anyone) should be able to dress how they feel is appropriate to them and their beliefs.

    The religion of Islam is a whole nother issue.

    But the banning of burkas for the reason given… The same could be said for how I dress. I don’t wear pants and according to my beliefs, if something can not be done in a skirt or dress, then it is something I shouldn’t be doing. I believe in traditional roles.

    The way I dress, which symbolizes how I believe, is oppressive according to many people. I am kept subservient and held at a lower class within my religion. (Laughable. Just ask my husband.) But, people see the skirt or dress at ankle length and immediately, I am questioned on my religion and the status of women within my faith. I am automatically suspect of not having a voice without permission of my husband.

    Going by France’s thinking, I would need to change the way I dress because how I dress is also a symbol of “subservience.”

    (And, yes, I am submissive to my husband which is completely different than subservience.)

    I am going to have to chew on this for a while. While Islam has its problems (and trust me, I am not minimizing that or the problems women have within the religion) not allowing a person to dress according to how they believe – the very basis of that thought process is where I have a problem.

  4. John D Says:
    June 23rd, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out why men who believe that a woman should be covered from head to toe would immigrate to a country that allows women to be topless on public beaches. Just doesn’t compute. Unless, of course, their plan is to “transform” their new country. I think it’s about time we folks in the west start to take note of the glaringly obvious, and it looks like that’s what Mr. Sarkozy is doing.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 23rd, 2009 at 3:00 pm

    Jon – I was surprised, but Sarkozy has pleasantly surprised me lately. And yes, I am definitely seeing Public Enemies. Bale and Depp? I’m in!

    Raptor – Hopefully, England will be next . . . but I doubt it.

    Kim – Strangely enough, I don’t wear pants, either. I just like to feel the breeze down there. Heh.

    John – And Sarkozy doesn’t want any more Islam trouble in his little piece of Heaven. Who can blame him?

  6. Mrs. Crankipants Says:
    June 23rd, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    “won tons”
    Cracked me up!

  7. Larry Says:
    June 23rd, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    As an American Jew who tends towards the hawkish on issues related to Israel–I think that President Sarkozy is wrong on the burka issue. I don’t think that Jews would be happy to be told they could not wear a yarmulke or dress like religious Jewish Hasidim. I believe he will create more division with this proclamation than unity, therefore I must disagree with him on this, though I do believe he has good intentions. The only problem I have with the burka is it has often been used by terrorists to hide suicide bomb vests.

  8. Echosix Says:
    June 23rd, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Probably the greatest crime in France is not being French enough. So it doesn’t surprize me that they are among the first to start restricting the barbarians. I just hope it’s not too little, too late.

    I’m still trying to figure out why men who believe that a woman should be covered from head to toe would immigrate to a country that allows women to be topless on public beaches. Just doesn’t compute. Unless, of course, their plan is to “transform” their new country.

    This is one of my biggest complaints about barbarians. When I visit their countries, and yes I have lived there, I am expected to conform to their norms. I would do so anyway. It is only respectful. When they come to my country, they should do the same. If they liked the barbaric shithole they came from so much, they should have stayed there. At the least, they should not try to impose their customs on me.

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 23rd, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    Mrs. Crankipants – Thanks.

    Larry – Point taken, and considering the riots in France a few months ago, suicide vests may be coming soon.

    Echosix – And you know what else would be cool? If female “police officers” in Philly adapted to our uniform code, and not sue to wear a head scarf. Yes, the suit is ongoing.

  10. Jim Says:
    June 24th, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Here’s one more reason to like Sarkozy — he’s got great taste in women:

  11. MeToo Says:
    June 24th, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    Geez, almost makes me feel bad about emailing the Frendh Embassy a couple of months ago to remind them if it weren’t for the good old USA they would be speaking German and eating brats. I hate to think that the French are standing up for truth and justice and Obama is bowing to the Saudis. Perhaps Sarkozy can show Nobama where to find “a pair”.

  12. Wyatt Earp Says:
    June 24th, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Jim – Yes, she is magnifique!

    MeToo – I don’t think the most expensive GPS system on Earth could find those.