Secularism, in its definition, is about removing religious factors in politics and public education. I have to agree that there should be a separation of politics and religion, not because it’s heavily biased towards one religion only but rather because it forces the fact that religion is needed for a moral code, which is in no way true.
However, France’s version of secularism is highly problematic. I have written this before and I combined a bunch of links of the burqa here as well. However since the laws are in effect right now, there is a raging debate on Tumblr about the burqa ban.
As you know, I’m a feminist. I support rights for all women especially WoC in places in the West, because they are being oppressed here as well. Of course they are, with the bans on the burqa and the amount of anti-Muslim sentiment growing in the Europe. Therefore the ban on the burqa is a simple way of oppressing Muslim women, or women that are not liberated in the right way. Has anyone realized that the women who get arrested have to get citizenship lessons? Not only is that disgustingly xenophobic, it insinuates that Muslim women are not proper citizens because of their clothing and their way of liberation. Sounds like oppression of women rather than secularism.
However, and there’s one thing I would like to add: During places where the face needs to be identified, then yes, the niqab should be removed. However, that does not mean that they need be coerced into doing so by racist remarks or violence.
Secularism is a great way to unify society, but what good is secularism when you’re ostracizing an innocent population that are citizens of your own country? What good is it to hurt the very people that have taken shelter in your country? Does there need to be a guide on how to be a proper France citizen which means that liberation comes with a price?
Oppression of women goes both ways. If women like to wear it, let them wear it. Simple as that.
Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.