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Vogue: I'd cover up in Dubai so burqa ban is fine

The burkini ban has been a big controversy in France
The burkini ban has been a big controversy in France

I have been reading a lot regarding the burqa debate over the past few weeks and it has really bothered me.

There are so many ways to look at the situation in France, where it has become illegal to wear the controversial veil in public places. 

Although it was passed some years ago, it is a law that is only now being enforced, as we saw when armed police ordered a woman to remove her burkini while on a French beach. 

The law in France prohibits concealment of the face in public and was passed by the Senate of France on September 14, 2010.

Personally I don’t like the idea of a burqa. I think it represents oppression and it denies women the freedom to wear what they like. 

It is disguised as part of their Muslim religion, but I don’t know whether this is a rule written in the Koran. It states that a woman should dress modestly, but being covered except for your eyes is nowhere to be found in the text. 

When you look at countries like Saudi Arabia, where women’s rights barely exist, you can see that this is just another idiotic ploy by men to control women. Living in desert-like conditions but still being forced to cover up from head to toe in a burqa must be so uncomfortable.

I know that people have divided opinions on France’s decision to enforce action on those who wear the veils, but I think the police were right to lead the burkini-clad woman off the beach. That is the law in France, so abide by it. 

It’s the same as when I visit Dubai during Ramadan. I abided by all of the rules that were expected of me. 

If I was ever planning a trip to Saudi Arabia, which I most certainly am not, I would abide by their laws and cover up accordingly. Whether I agreed with them or not.

I don’t see anything wrong with the law in France, as they simply don’t want any religious symbolism displayed in their country. 

It makes sense to me as anything involving religion causes arguments. Our world would be a much better place if religion, of any kind, didn’t come into it, as it appears to me to only cause death and war.

We now live in a world where we need to have facial recognition on as many citizens as possible and this cannot happen if people are covering up with veils. 

France has been under constant attack recently from terrorists so they need to take another approach to ensure the safety of their country.

I certainly wouldn’t like to be told what to wear, but in saying that I do respect the laws of other countries when I visit. 

I can obviously have my say on a burqa because I don’t wear one, but then again how would I feel if I did and was told I couldn’t? 

This is a debate that is only beginning and I think we will be hearing a lot more about it. I just hope it doesn’t cause any more violence in our already fragile world.