Claire, actually I’m not in the exact mood of writing something like that. But the promise I’ve given you is annoying me like a homework waiting. 🙂
So here is a few points of my opinion about headscarves, burqa etc.
First of all, headscarve of tp put it exactly to cover the head is compulsory in Islam. It’s stated clearly in two verses. (There are some self-proclaimed experts within the last two decades claimed it’s not, though.) Like many issues covering is left to differ. Differ according to geography, culture etc.
Covering the face, using veil is not compulsory. Altough in certain occasions it’s “adviced”. But in todays circumstances it’s (in my opinion) leaving it aside it much more close to God’s willing. I’ll cut it here cause I have to give the references and bases and debates at this point which is meaningless.
In Turkey 67% of women are covering their heads, I guess 1% percent or less using burqas.
Again in Turkey, girls are not permitted to wear headscarves in Universities and in “public/state places”
They base their reasoning on secularism, state should be at the same differnce to all faiths, no religious signs should be… you know the story.
This is completely wrong. An application of our tyrant secularist elite. The people on the receving end of state services can be anything, anyone. They are receving not giving the service (ie studying in Uni. ).
And like the recent issue in UK, the cross in NHS, (or headscarve over here ) the service giving part can be debated.
I believe this point is superflous (if this is the word). The argument assumes that if the public officer shows / carries the sign of a certain belief, or political movement, that could cause discrimination, to my knowledge. By removing the sign could the belief, incliantion, the perspection , you name it, be changed? Of course not.
Also, headscarve may be a sign, but it’s a compulsory part of Islam. In Turkey, the ban led the girls leave their education. So created more problems.
Burqa is different. I believe muslim women living in west, should leave it. This is a product of a shallow /superflous mindset on “our” side. A muslims first and foremost burden is to represent Islam as good as s/he can (this is the definition of Jihad) . Beacuse (according to a believer) being faithless is cause of losing eternity. Therefore a true muslim fears from being a barrier between an observer and Islam. If the burqa is in this position right now (it is), and as it is not compulsory, I kind of see it a bit of selfish of those women/men who use it.
And you should keep in mind the immigrants are usually from the lower socio-economic clasess which are ignorant.
This is roughly what I think about it.