Does the Muslim full-body covering hinder integration into American society? Should the US ban the burka?
How do you feel about it?
– Feminists hate the burka because it is a symbol of misogyny
– arguments are being made that the full-face and body covering make it difficult to integrate into Western society
– some women are forced to wear the burka against their will
– some Muslim women choose to wear it
– some Muslims see it as an expression of their religion and an act of piety
Check out the uproar the German Defense Minister has caused in Saudi Arabia:
A German minister has refused to wear a hijab during a visit to Saudi Arabia – saying women should have the same right to choose their clothing as men.
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen’s stand came a week after Chancellor Angela Merkel called for the burka to be banned.
Von der Leyen was in Riyadh to meet Saudi deputy crown prince Salman Al-Saud, where she voiced her annoyance at the expectation that women cover up.
But it sparked anger in the deeply-conservative state, where social media users called for her to be arrested.
It comes in a week when a Saudi woman was arrested for taking off her veil in public.
The German minister shunned traditional Saudi attire, opting instead for a dark blue suit when she met her counterpart at the Divan Palace in the country’s capital.
Her decision sparked anger on Twitter in Saudi Arabia, Al Bawaba reported.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Ok so why didn’t they arrest her? The hypocrisy and double standards.’
Another posted: ‘The German Defense Minister: Not wearing the hijab in Saudi was deliberate. This is an insult to Saudi Arabia!’
Speaking of her refusal to wear full-length robes, known as the abaya, Das Bild reports, she said: ‘No woman in my delegation has to wear the Abaya.
‘The right to choose your own clothing is a right shared by men and women alike. It annoys me, when women women are to be pushed into the Abaya.’…
…Last week Angela Merkel called for a burka ban, saying the ‘full veil is not appropriate’ in Germany.
The German chancellor told her conservative CDU party conference that wearing the burka should be outlawed ‘wherever that is legally possible’.
Merkel said she would back a nationwide ban just months after revealing that she believed the burka was a barrier to Muslim women becoming integrated into German society.
Angela Let’s-Flood-Germany-With-Refugees Merkel is supporting a burka ban because it is a barrier to Muslim women integrating into German society.
And look at the outrage!
Calling for a foreign leader to be arrested for not wearing the ‘appropriate’ clothing that is based on misogyny?
If there was such a thing as a female leader of Saudi Arabia, would those same people calling for arrests be ok with her wearing a pantsuit while in the US? Because you apparently have to conform your culture to the host country.
Isn’t that ‘cultural appropriation’?
I’m so confused!
It’s not like Minister von der Leyen is the first Western woman to visit Saudi Arabia and shun the long garb and headscarf. Michelle Obama had her head uncovered last year, as did the Duchess of Cornwall in 2013 when she went to Saudi Arabia with husband, Prince Charles. Camilla did don a headscarf for her arrival, however.