French burkini ban is banned
France has suspended its horrible burkini ban and we can all breathe a little easier. Especially anyone who just wants to wear a burkini.
The ban on wearking burkinis in the French town of Villeneuve-Loubet has now been suspended by the French Court of State. The Court found that the ban “seriously and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms to come and go, freedom of beliefs and individual freedom”.
So far the suspension is just for one town out of around thirty which imposed the ban, but is thought to be very likely to set the ball rolling and get all the bans suspended.
The world has been appalled at the clearly Islamophobic nature of the ban, while sagely pointing out that nuns, men in wetsuits and waterproofed British holiday-makers are still apparently allowed to go about their beachly business without offending anyone or being coerced into modest attire.
Take that, France! Muslim girls in burkinis can still catch some waves! #burkiniban Yesterday, armed French police forced a woman to remove her clothing on Nice Beach following the French burkini ban. For Muslim women, burkinis are a symbol of liberation, not oppression. Everyone should have the freedom to dress as they choose. “It’s not about the burqa. It’s about coercion. Coercing a woman out of a burqa is as bad as coercing her into one.” – Arundhati Roy #latergram
In a BBC news report, French correspondents say that the majority of the burkini bans are now likely to be overturned. Amnesty International director John Dalhuisen said that the bans “do nothing to increase public safety but do a lot to promote public humiliation.”
Here’s to a world where women can go and chill on a beach without being forced to either remove or apply clothing by anyone carrying a gun. Here’s to a world like that.
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