There’s some good news and bad news on the burqa front as the Swiss take another shot at regulating this misogynistic attire.
The bad news is that implementation of a nationwide ban has been rejected, though bans do exist in a couple of Swiss cantons. But, the good news is they’re now considering a new law that would require people to at least show their face when asked by officials.
According to a Daily Mail story, the sticking point for a full ban is how authorities would deal with burka-wearing tourists from Arab nations. So much for the old “when in Rome” adage.
But certainly a law that would require a masked individual to unveil when asked to is a reasonable compromise especially considering that two-thirds of Switzerland’s 8.5M residents identify as Christian whereas the Muslim population is five per cent.
All other points aside, shouldn’t public safety override all other considerations, including religious freedom?
In Western democracies, one of the fundamental reasons we walk freely in the streets without having to deal with checkpoints every few steps is that we can readily identify one another.
And isn’t the burqa and niqab inherently misogynistic? Where-oh-where are the feminists on this file? If the burqa and niqab were being promoted by some Christian sect the feministas would be frothing mad, and going to great lengths to make certain this story remained on the front-burner.
Oh, well. Good luck to the Swiss as they take another shot at this issue. Reasonable accommodation can indeed be a good thing, but it has to work for both sides if it’s to work at all, otherwise, it’s not reasonable.