In three beach towns in the south of France, mayors have banned women from wearing “burkinis”—aka full body swimsuits with head coverings often worn by Muslim women—from its beaches. Though they cite French secularism and the idea that women are being forced to “hide their body” unfairly, the laws instead allow the government to dictate what is appropriate for women to wear. This is no more apparent than in photos of French police surrounding a woman wearing a long-sleeved shirt and a head covering on a beach, and forcing her to strip.
An French Imam shared this photo on Facebook in order to encourage dialogue about the French ban of the burkini on beaches, asking why these nuns can freely wear what they please [which is very similar to the burkini in the first place] while Muslim women are fined, forced to undress, and forced off the beach?
As if it wasn’t already clear enough, this new law is specifically meant to target, demonize, and punish Muslims and Muslims alone. It has nothing to do with “French values” [although I mean, colonialism, massacre, and ethno-supremacy have always been core French values so this shouldn’t be surprising~*], and is simply another manifestation on the government level of the rapidly rising hatred/fear of Muslims and Islam.
Female members of the RCMP are now allowed to wear a hijab head scarf as part of their uniform, as the Mounties look to encourage more Muslim women to join their ranks.
The newly discovered uniform option was adopted by the force in January. But according to law, members must still seek approval from RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson for any faith-based accommodation, and there has yet to be a formal request to wear the hijab while on duty.
“The move to offer the hijab as part of the RCMP uniform is intended to better reflect the changing diversity in the community and encourage more Muslim women to consider policing as a career option,” according to an RCMP briefing note sent to Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.
“The objective will be to demonstrate that the RCMP is a progressive and inclusive police service that values and respects persons of all cultural and religious backgrounds,” it said.
The note, approved by Commissioner Paulson, said three versions of the hijab underwent “rigorous testing” at the RCMP training depot, before an approved version was selected for police use. It can also fit under the iconic RCMP forage cap, a spokeswoman said.
“The RCMP hijab is designed to be unobtrusive, easily removable and present the least possible risk to members. Tests have demonstrated that the hijab headscarf does not reduce an officer’s effectiveness in the performance of her duties,” the note said.
The move was praised by the National Council of Canadian Muslims, who called it a “welcome, logical step.” “We’re hoping that women will look then to the RCMP as a potential career pathway for them,” spokeswoman Amira Elghawaby said.
Did you know: you can oppose the toxic principles of Islam (or any other religion for that matter), support women who choose to wear full body covering outfits, respect their religious freedom and still be a feminist?
Woman fined by police and forced to remove her top because she was not “wearing an outfit that represent good morals and secularism”.
Nice is one of 15 towns in France to ban the Burkini, citing public concern following recent terrorist attack.
Several other women have been fined and asked to remove their clothes or leave the beach this week for wearing a burkini, a headscarf or hijab, or other fully covering clothes that look “Muslim”.
“The Nice tribunal ruled on Monday that the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet was “necessary, appropriate and proportionate” to prevent public disorder after a succession of jihadi attacks in France.
The burkini was “liable to offend the religious convictions or (religious) non-convictions of other users of the beach,” and “be felt as a defiance or a provocation exacerbating tensions felt by” the community, it added.” (via The Guardian)
Muslims in my area look up to me because I wear Khimar and sometimes Niqab (very rare in my town). They see me as a Perfect Muslima, just of my appearance. If they only knew about my SINS, if they only knew. There is almost nothing I didn’t do. Let my hijab not fool you and ask forgiveness for me. I’m more in need of forgiveness than respect