Why don’t Catholics realize they’re shooting themselves in the foot?

I’m really confused about why Catholics support the French law banning burqas or whatever they’re called.

France has passed a law making it illegal to cover one’s face in public (I thought this was already illegal in the US).  Anyway, people are praising this law, and using the argument, as in the above link, that burqas supposedly aren’t an official part of Islam because it’s not in the Koran. 


The Bible doesn’t require us to wear crucifixes or put crucifixes in our buildings.  So, if the government decided to pass a law banning crucifixes, would these same Catholics support it because the Bible doesn’t say anything about crucifixes?

What about religious habits?  Are we going to sit back and cheer when aFrance, or the UK, or the US decides to be fair to Muslims by banning any religious garb in public?


3 responses to “Why don’t Catholics realize they’re shooting themselves in the foot?

  1. It’s a tricky issue. On principle, the ban is a violation of religious freedom. However, there is no culture in the world that veils its women, yet treats them as equals.

    Veiling in such places becomes universally coercive, not as an expression of faith, but as a means of subjugation. Unveiled women invite abuse of all kinds, even in those heavily-Muslim neighborhoods of France. Lack of a veil has been used to justify rape on the belief that the men “just can’t help themselves” when they see a woman without extensive coverings.

    Freedom of religion means you can worship Baal if you like, but it doesn’t mean you can sacrifice children to him. I’m just as worried as the next Christian that burqa bans may lead to taking away other forms of non-oppressive religious expression, but there is no way to enforce a ban on coerced veiling only, because there is no way to tell, and a frightened woman will never admit it. A universal ban is the only way to keep those women from being forced, and it helps hold back the tide of dawa, one of the greatest dangers to freedom and democracy the world over.

    In order to defend and encourage a culture of freedom and equality, I support the ban, however hypocritical it may be.

  2. The key in the French wording, of course, is covering of the face, which does not necessarily keep someone from wearing a veil.

  3. Yes, but a burqa, which does cover the face, is the more severe form of Muslim veiling.

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