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PM should banish burka, help establish equality


Dear Editor: Humanity's struggle for freedom was recently given a big assist by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and for his statements he should be applauded. What the French President did was to point out the terrible, unacceptable injustice some Muslim women endure by being forced to wear a burka.

Grand Falls-Windsor -

Dear Editor:

Humanity's struggle for freedom was recently given a big assist by French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and for his statements he should be applauded.

What the French President did was to point out the terrible, unacceptable injustice some Muslim women endure by being forced to wear a burka.

A burka is a garment that completely covers a woman's body, head to toe, with a mesh over the eye and nose area. The burka is one, if not the most, degrading physical signs of the debasement of women today.

President Sarkozy in June of this year said the following: " We cannot accept to have in our country women who are prisoners behind netting, cut off from all social life, deprived of identity... the burka is not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience. It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic."

Apparently, the burka is not specifically mentioned in the Qur'an. It seems to be an idea exclusively dreamt up by some Muslim men to insure a second-class status for women.

Luckily, not all Muslim women are forced to wear the covering.

Now, who (non-Muslim) could support this tragic sexual inequality practice?

Would a Canadian politician?

We don't know.

They have remained mute on the issue.

However, the Toronto Star newspaper does, or at least the editorial of June 24, 2009 surely does.

I quote, "The vast majority of women in Canada's million-plus Muslim community don't wear the burka. Many, no doubt, share the view that it is demeaning. Others are indifferent. Only a small minority embraces it. It is not the business of the state to intervene in this area."

Well, of course it is the business of the state to intervene whenever a person is being discriminated against because of their sex.

The Canadian Prime Minister should show leadership and correct this injustice by making a statement to the effect, that Canada will not allow any behaviour, in this case, wearing a burka, that puts women in a humiliating, debasing, second class status. He should also point out that if treating women as equals to men is a problem, then perhaps those men might consider therapy or leaving the country.

Now, Islam is not the only religion that has a history of relegating women an inferior position to men.

The Christian religion has many examples.

Actually, according to the Christian Bible, the first example of second-class status for women happened when the Christian God created a man, Adam. Later, when the Christian God thought Adam needed company he created Eve, the first woman. She was sort of an after thought and thus for her (and every other woman) second-class status was assigned.

It is hard to believe that since the dawn of creation, women are still battling to this day for equality with men, but one only has to look at the historical record to see the facts.

Finally, it is disappointing that Canadian women's groups have not made a big issue of President Sarkozy's support of women and demanded that our Prime Minister do the same.

The subjugation and oppression of women as second-class citizens is something this country should never consider tolerating.

Doug Smith

Grand Falls-Windsor

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