The law went into effect today. Several women defied the law and wore their niqabs in front of Notre Dame cathedral. Good for them. I’m not too keen on governments telling people what they can and can’t wear.
But the security risk! There are ways around it, like having a female officer check out who’s under the veil in a separate area.
But they’re not assimilating! Assimilating into what? Religion? A lot of French people are Catholic. Are they supposed to convert? Society? Do all French women have to be the same? People use the terms melting pot. I prefer salad bowl. We can all contribute to the whole without breaking down the individual ingredients.
But it’s extreme! There are different flavors of Islam. There are women who choose to wear the veil. Just because a woman is wearing one doesn’t mean she’s going to go all suicide bomber on you.
I’ll be the first to admit I was taken aback when I first saw one. When I was poolside in Bahrain and feeling rather naked in my bikini, there were many women wearing the niqab. Bahrain is (or maybe was at this point) the KSA weekend getaway. They were sitting by the pool umbrella-less watching their kids in the midday sun. In 105 F heat. I felt bad for them thinking, “Jesus, how have you not spontaneously combusted in this heat?” Maybe they’re used to it. It’s not my place to say anything.
Of course, since it is France, it’s their rules. As an observer, it will be interesting how this will play out.