There is a huge movement in Europe and even now in the US to ban the burqa. Many say the burqa leads to huge sexual discrimination against women of Islam. I agree with this premise but my question is this.
Doesn't this same discrimination and treatment exist in other orthodox religions? Look at some of the fundamentalist christian and jewish sects who insist their women dress "modestly" as to not tempt men. Its the same line of thinking. It is always about the power of men over women.
To be honest, whilst I don't see how the burqa is a necessity for a Muslim woman (I've heard every excuse under the sun, and when they try to justify it they just sound like people in denial), I think the driving force has been Christian pacification, and NOT a threat of security. The threat of security is present, but I think this ban has more to do with differentiation and a fear of something different. We don't and cannot accept it, especially "vague" and conservative Christians that would prefer a singular, consistent culture.
Yes, one of the driving factors is a fear of security, but I think religion itself is behind this, er, banning of religiously-driven social habits.
I wouldn't say that religion is behind this Gaetano.
France for instance is a highly secularized country, none of the political parties involved in the Burqa ban had a confessional character as far as I know. It's not the fear of Islam per se that instigated this new law, although it probably plays some role, it's more the threat of anonymity in public life. This is considered a security threat as well as that a lot of (secular) people believe that the Burqa hinders the women that wear to interact with society.