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Does The Face Veil Threaten The Safety, Liberty Or Freedom Of Any Other Individual?

By Mass L. Usuf

Mass Usuf

Is this patriarchal dominance? Male chauvinism? Sexism? Or, some form of inferiority complex? “Who the hell are these men to dictate to us what to wear and what not to wear” was the query. Let it be known that this column is about everything else except religion. If women want to be treated equally with regard to many issues, why not about the choice of dress? Are rights or equal treatment of women confined only to what a group of people like. Or, are these positions based on principles?   

Funny, is it not, when the imposers of the ban labour to find lame excuses, knowing very well that they are depriving someone from the freedom of choice. The French government prior to banning the burqa stated that it was to protect its secular Republican values. The then President Sarkozy who has now been sentenced to jail for corruption and bribery said that the ban on face veil is to ‘protect’ women from being forced to cover their faces. Imagine this corrupt person posing as a hero to save the burqa wearing Muslim women of France! 

Our blokes in Sri Lanka are pathetically sweating themselves with the consciously unconvincing ‘wisdom’ of national security as the reason for the ban. One wonders if these are markers of a disoriented state of the mind. Confusion at its finest which is, in our case, logically proven below.

Baselessly Hyped ‘Security Threat’

What I personally like or dislike cannot be the benchmark for an issue of national security and extremism. These are matters to be decided rationally and logically based on principles and facts.

Internationally, there have been thousands of violent terrorist attacks around the globe. Terrorist groups and individuals have perpetrated over 3,000 attacks in 48 countries since 2013 per the Global Terrorism Index report. How many of these attacks have had any direct or indirect relationship or relevance to the face veil?  

Locally, the LTTE was actively operating for 30 years, why was the burqa not considered a national security threat at the height of the war? How can face veil suddenly be a national threat after 21/4, when it had nothing to do with the attack or the attackers? None of the attackers were clad in a face veil. What then was the rationale behind imposing a face cover ban under the emergency regulations post 21/4? There was no evidence whatsoever correlating the face cover with the attacks. In this background, it is very clear that there is no causal relationship between the presently proposed face veil ban and the baselessly hyped ‘security threat’?

National Security Or Something Else

Ironically, the reverse of this can be true. The banning of the face veil itself may become a cause for national security. We have witnessed that with the ban on face cover during the Sirisena government following the 21/4 attack, vigilante groups spontaneously appeared all over. These vigilantes were persecuting young Muslim girls and women who were only wearing the regular scarf. Muslim women avoided going out of their houses fearing for their safety. 

Social media was replete almost on a daily basis with clips showing harassment, intimidation, arguments and scuffles in public places, super markets, banks, public transport, even in Galle Face. This unbearable tyranny was so irritating, annoying and a grave affront on an individual’s liberty that some of them were emotionally pushed to thinking that they should not have condemned the 21/4 attack.  

Consistent and systematic harassment aggravates to marginalisation which ultimately leads to radicalisation of thinking culminating in violence. So, is the banning of face veil good or bad? Is it national security or something else that is the real reason for the burqa ban?

Saffron Robe Was Not Banned

The late Prime Minister Mr. SWRD Bandaranaike seeing the Buddhist priest Talduwe Somarama Thero who had come to see him, came forward showing respect to the priest in the customary form. His reverence to the priest was reciprocated by a volley of bullets from a .45 Webley Mark VI revolver. The Buddhist priest pulled out the gun concealed under his robe and shot to kill the prime minister point blank. 

No one hated or despised or abused the saffron robe after that cold blooded murder. The robe was never considered a national security threat. A ban on robe was not even contemplated. The wearing of the robe in public places was not restricted.

Perera’s Sarong

Even today anyone can wear a robe and carry a weapon under the robe. Any person pretending to be a monk can don a robe and wear a suicide vest under the robe. Some of the extremist monks, considered so by the media, are highly revered because of the robe and such a person can walk into any place where there is a security concern without much suspicion.  

Which poses the security threat? Not being able to see a woman’s face or the flowing dress under which there could be concealment of a weapon? If it is the former, any authority can demand to see the face. If it is the latter, the robe of the monk, the cassock of the Christian priest, the ‘thobe’ of the Moulavi and even the sarong of citizen Perera can pose a threat. Oh! nearly omitted mentioning the maxi dress of citizen Perera’s wife.

Ridiculous Bureaucrats

When LTTE suicide bombers were walking around Colombo targeting sensitive security spots, were they wearing face veil? If burqa was never considered a security threat at the pinnacle of the war and if burqa was never considered a threat during the JVP uprisings, if burqa was not considered a threat during the decades long emergency period to do so today is clear proof that the use of the phrase ‘national security’ is a mere sham. Bogus. A mockery.

To be inspired by Hollywood, what could stop a terrorist wearing the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kit (a specialized dress worn for protection) and driving an ambulance to carry out an attack. When this is later found out, will there be a ban on driving an ambulance in PPE kit?

So, what is the point then? It is not the robe or the burqa or an endless list that has to be banned. What needs to be done is plain and simple. If there is a perceived national security threat take steps to institute proper security measures. No one cuts off the nose just because he has a common cold. The 21/4 incident is an extreme example of the disgraceful negligence of the authorities and yet they want to ban an absolutely unrelated face veil. The bureaucrats should think wisely and avoid making a fool of their own selves.

Why Banning Is Dangerous?

Agnes De Feo, a sociologist and documentary filmmaker who has studied the impact of the French ban on burqa, says it has had some unintentional effects. “Almost all the people wearing the niqab in France today started after the law [ban was implemented].” They considered the act of wearing the veil as one of “rebellion” against the French state, for depriving them of their fundamental right of choosing what to wear. A young convert named Emilie Konig, eventually fled to Syria to join the Islamic State. De Feo says she doubts she is the only one to travel to Syria.

“Banning burqas isn’t a sensible response to terrorism” was an article in the Washington Post of August 12, 2016. It cited the findings of a Researcher as follows: “Haroro Ingram, a research fellow at the Australian National University who studies extremist literature, notes that extremist groups have specifically used France’s face-veil ban as a recruitment tool.”

David Thomson, author of “The French Jihadist,” said in one interview published Thursday. “For them, (the Al-Qaida) this (the ban) is a godsend.” Because the French authorities are doing the propaganda for them.

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, ASIO, strongly stated that a burqa ban would provide ‘further fuel for extremist propaganda, recruitment, and radicalisation efforts.’ Australia’s national security service has warned against banning the burqa, claiming it would only bring ‘negative’ consequences for the country and further isolate vulnerable populations.

The simple conclusion is that extremism cannot be combatted by banning the face veil. Therefore, do not walk on that path. To do so will be to further endanger the delicate and sensitive socio-cultural fabric of this already torn apart society.

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    For those extremist buddhists who want to ban the niqab I must ask, you claim that Muslims are appropriating Arab culture and wearing clothes similar to theirs. Well I ask what’s the issue with this ?? I see a lot of buddhist women aping the western woman in wearing short skirts, tube tops, dresses, bikinis (for the sexually frustrated extremist buddhists who comments on here) etc. and what not !? There are a lot of tamils who take their inspiration from the way indian women dress ?? So what’s wrong with that ??
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    We know non of those responsible for the easter attacks (nanda and co.) didn’t wear niqabs so there obviously no link to terrorism. Even then if one item of clothing should be banned based on the action of a few then please immediately ban the siwura worn by extremist buddhist monks.
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    Kind of sounds like the only problem with the Niqab is that it’s associated to Muslims, and that scratches the jealous extremist majority the wrong way. 😂

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      Does the face veil threaten the safety, liberty or freedom of an other individual ? – Absolutely not.
      But it certainly threatens dignity, sanity and serenity of all mankind.

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        Mr. gnana sakkiligama,
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        A woman CHOOSING to cover her body that leaves others to value and respect her for her intellect threatens the dignity of mankind ?? Yikes !!
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        Sounds like the only thing the niqab is a threat to is the ‘false sense of masculity’ among a select group of confused racist fools.

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          Cuttip3/4, Human beings from the time they started covering the body, dressed in a logical manner, first to cover genitals with leaves and then when cloth was made, only the necessary parts of the body against elements of nature. At no stage civilized people covered their face. It is therefore barbaric practice adopted by Arabs and their blind followers to do so. It is time all right thinking people to stand up and eradicate this stupidity from society.

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            CT
            Is this a civilized way of addressing another?
            This is sick.

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              This is sick.
              Then what are you doing there? Trying to find out how the sick smells?
              Bravo!

          • 0
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            What are necessary parts… and why are they necessary..
            Please educate.

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      sitrep24,
      Dumbo, the issue is not about the dress but covering the face. Use your brain before using the keyboard.
      Something did not happen in the past does not necessarily mean that it will not happen. When Sinhala Buddhists gave asylum to Muslims, they would never have thought the descendants of those asylum seekers will slaughter Sinhalayo because those Muslims who begged for asylum lived peacefully with Sinhala Buddhists.
      If the Muslims were killing Sinhala Buddhists, King Senerath who was a Sinhala Buddhist would never have allowed about 4000 Muslims to leave western coastal area and settle down in interior parts of the country. Be grateful to Sinhala Buddhists.

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      Desert clothes are suitable for the desert. It protects from sand storms and sunburn.

      These are not suitable for SL.

      By law it is required to display face without any cover for identification when needed.

      All Muslim women must display their face. But they are free to cover all other parts of the body.

      Let the world see the beauty of Allah’s creation. Mashallah!

      Non-Muslims including men can wear the niqab and commit crimes. Makes sense to ban it.

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      Mr S

      Leaving the identity issue as a Muslim etc and this is a pandemic time we all have to wear a mask I pause the following questions..

      (1) If any one work as a security guard in a residential area/block/work place how would you know who entering the space

      (2) Now CCTV systems are trained to identity faces and follow them as required for safety/security of the Nations…how would they work?

      (3) how do you know a man from a woman??

      (4) How do you know who is your neighbour/friend/enemy etc

      Million more issues to a developing country this is like throwing the spanner in the works…undoing all that is about a society/safety/knowing who is who is where we all live/walk/greed/talk/make friends/build neighbourhoods and take things for granted for the a sense of normality….through the visuals alone…many decisions are made every day in everything we do….

      What Usaf has said undermines the very existence of people in a Secular society…this indirectly imposes all to change their way of life??? National planning/security protocols?? what would anyone want to cohabit will do such a thing?? If I Ama teacher I could not teach a group a students I can not see their eye/face/mouth/expressions/responses????

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        Imagine movies/dramas/plays with what is being proposed by Usaf??

        I have lived in Malaysia a beautiful Muslim Nation….as I understand they had their cultural cloths first then in recent times changes to Muslim clothing yet I have never seen a single woman with face mask who is a local Muslim. yes we do see visiting Arbs wearing this during their holidays in Malaysia and that was that..Iran no one wears what Usaf is suggesting and in fact they show some of their hair as much as possible too.

        I grew up in Jaffna with Muslims ladies never had such things…where did all these things come from?? who’s invention…..who are the people allowed to bring this to our Nation of People claim new identities troubling us all???? this has nothing whatsoever to do with religion but politics…no one should ever give in to this kind of event should they want to preserve their Nation….this is vandalism…as bad as any other religious and their bigotry/ignorance….we Sri Lankans say no to this absurdity. .

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          Dear Usaf

          Ask the FP/TULF/TNA for some answers???

          The world want to hear/we want to hear they say it out loud please. They are living off the state just as the Muslim ghetto parties with the total understanding that Muslims and Tamils are going to make love to each other with this kind of ideas. Please ensure you put all the Muslim parties on the same stage with the TNA to hold hands together.

          The problem here is Muslim and Tamil extremism is enjoying the Sinhalese clout…once that is off all hell will break loose.

          Can someone publish the Ghetto party manifestos on the above issues to see what has been explained to the masses….these thugs have nothing to do with Sri Lankan Tamils/Muslims and Sinhalese…..the Majority…it was the case in Kandy when the Muslims (immigrants then and nothing to do with the local Muslims who have cohabited with all for centuries without ant issue) stopped the Buddhist parade in their own land let to the first riot….thuggery can be done many ways..and we are a Nation of people who are limitless ability to be creative in violating all that we have…for the hell of undermining the other.

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            Dear Usaf

            Can you answer me one question please…..if these new clothing requirements is essential to be a Muslim….then none of the ladies before were never Muslims before?? all the Nations who do not practice this are not Muslims in your eyes?????

            Please spend your time writing about Muslims who do not follow the Law of the Land will make you a good religious person…walk the talk….let the Prophit bless us all based on how we serve humanity…not the other way around Bro.

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              Just for your information I love Muslim religion just as all other religions too.

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                Further (over and beyond the reasons “social and security” issues I mentioned above there are other fundamental issues at stake here regard to the human rights/progressive society/liberation for woman etc.

                (1) No one should forcing/brain washing the other (our Muslim sisters) to believe they need to hide their face for reasons without any rational that the elected governments of our nation has passed laws to reflect?

                (2) The focus should be about liberating the minds and the body to be a productive and self respecting participant in the community and remove any identities that prevent one from “being” with the other/nature/surrounding?

                (3) Similar taboos need to be addressed to all the religions too .

                (4) One of them being Hindu and Buddishts temples and Mosques and their speakers. This is an insult to humanity/conditioning the mind and goes against all the religious preachings….basically is a “thuggery on the other” by the ignorant.

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                  (5) That is why the current strong leadership is needed to lay down this foundation so no one create their own paradises just as FP/TULF did then.

                  (6) This is why we needed the Sinhala Only Act that would have united the Nation (with the Unique Language not spoken anywhere else) and not the Buddhist state religion concept (this was forced upon the State by the Ghettos FP/TULF then the GoSL had to do other things (state religion) to make up for the grievance of the Sinhalese).

                  We have always argued for the wrong things that has resulted in the mayhem we have lived through to date. Time to grow up or rather grow out of the box pls.

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                    No-one owns the religions and there shouldn’t be any religious bodies governing any religions either….it is for the people to connect with whatever and however..now all the religions are being being turned into personal ventures/agendas/politics just the languages by the thugs.

                    We need to fight against this Mafia who is robbing us all of our Languages/Religions and Faiths that belongs to the humanity period. This has become a cover world over for all the mysterious activities.

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    What you wear depends in what society you are living in. In my personal opinion the clothing should not be connected to what religion you practice. I am against the sound Pollution that arises from religious buildings.
    Burqa Niqab etc are a recent phenomenon in SL. The Middle Eastern wealth might be the reason behind. Crooked Politicians too utilise the religion to get elected.

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      Oh that’s interesting, then how come the sinhala buddhist women have started wearing clothes of the western women ?? I don’t remember seeing photos inside sigiriya of sinhala women wearing dresses, crop tops, bikinis, tube tops, short skirts, t shirts shirt, suits etc. If you’re someone who is ‘TRUE TO THE CULTURE’ then you should advocate for the sinhala women to wear what those women in that sigiraya painting are wearing XD

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      N, so you are against the sound Pollution that arises from religious buildings.
      I guess that you include pirith chanting through the night, Hindu temples broadcasting songs and service on the megaphone?
      Christians are a decent lot in that respect.

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    How many millions women since the advent of Islam have born in darkness, grown up in darkness and died in darkness.? Who is responsible for this colossal crime perpetrated on 50% of a sizable section of the most advanced species?
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    Evolved as an animal in the open natural habitat the most fundamental right of a human being is to move about in sunshine and hold the hand of one of opposite gender and walk under moonshine. Culturally evolved, the freedom to engage in art, music, dance and other forms of creative activities are fundamental rights which are all denied to Muslim women.
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    Allah has blessed those who are fortunate to live in non-Muslim cultures. The freedom we have accorded them in our democratic society have been taken away by their own men folk and threatened/brainwashed to tell us IT IS OUR FREE CHOICE. What a shame.
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    ‘Freedom of choice’ to women, Mr Usuf is a non-Islamic concept in the first place.

    Soma

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      Soma,
      Why you are worried about Muslim women instead of Buddhist women? Let them fight if they feel that is wrong.
      Why should Buddhist Monks to cover their body in yellow cloth? Why can’t ordinary Sinhala woman wear the same?

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        How about saffron Niqabs?

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      “born in darkness” !?!?!? Hahahahahahahaha
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      There are currently active universities that have been established under Islam and Christianity over a millennium (1000 years) ago. The first university in the world was established by a Muslim woman ( https://medium.com/swlh/the-woman-who-founded-the-worlds-first-university-f1d014d38871 ) .
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      Now tell me what have the buddhist women done in that time ? Other than for of course sleeping with animals as famously narrated by foolish monks high on child abuse ( https://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-15507304 ). What’s even sad is there was a photo from the late 1800s that showed a sinhala woman on the dirt roads of then colombo with her breasts hanging out in public. Lol who do you people think you’ll are to lecture others about what to dress.

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    Yes,
    The black ninja face vale is extramly antisocial and it scares me out all the time.
    This wahbi piece of bullshit should be banned in SL

    And this is also a infringement of fundermental rights of Muslim Women.

    Muslim men also should cover their faces to be fair if not let the women also be free.

    I urge all educated muslim women to give the middle finger to men who insist they cover their face.

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    Usuf doesn’t understand the situation in France and Europe. Muslims where ever they go refuse to integrate with the host population. Be it the Moroccans in Holland, the Turks in Germany , the Bosnians in Sweden and the Pakis in Briton. Most of France’s colonies were North African and west African Muslims. They brought to work, instead within a generation they become citizens and started living on welfare paid by the white man and Having multiple children who cant even speak the language of the country. Not any different to kattandudy and other places in Sri Lanka. Muslims should migrate to the 57 Islamic nations instead of going to the liberal west with their Allah mumbo jumbo.

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      “Integrate with the host population” ?? Who in their right mind would integrate to any level with some extremist sinhala buddhist people who make worship to idols and fancy beastiality ??
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      The extremist sinhala buddhists have a lot to learn about peaceful coexistence from the Abrahamic faiths.

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        Ha. Peaceful coexistence? You mean Jews and Palestinians ! Ever heard of the 300 year crusades between Muslims and Christians THAT ended with humiliation of Islamic caliphs. What about Afghanistan, iran, Iraq, Saudis, Somalia, Sudan, Pakistan, Syria, Yemen. Pre Islamic people of the world were Buddhist and Hindus as evidenced by the archeology of Afghanistan, iran, Turkmenistan, Indonesia, Pakistan etc. Buddhists appear in the Koran as Sabeans or Sabians. Islamic and Catholic domes are directly copied from the Buddhist dome shape.

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        sitrep24,
        If the descendants of Dravida Muslims from Hindusthan who sought asylum in Sinhale when they faced persecution by Portuguese find it difficult to integrate and co-exist with the host nation they can bugger off to the cesspool from where their ancestors came.
        Sinhala Buddhists saved Muslims but they did not invite them to their country. They came as refugees.
        Behavior of Muslims remind Sinhalayo the story about the tent owner who allowed the camel to put its head into the tent.

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    If the face cover is a threat to security what about underwear? Can we change the law wearing underwear or wearing a cloth to cover your sexual organs is illegal?

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      Ajith,
      Tamils and Muslims who slaughtered Sinhalayo using explosives tied to their body should be asked to go naked because they might hide explosives even in their underwears.

      “If the face cover is a threat to security what about underwear?”

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    Here comes out of the woodwork the guys trying to sell the idea “veil” is not a threat..

    1. Usuf tries to sell the word “Veil” without saying Niqab/ Face full cover – Brides wear Veils which is see through and this black ninja even closes the eyes!!
    2. Argument 1 -Its the women’s right to wear any thing they want – In society and SL – you can’t decide to do as you please in public. If Muslims woman’s right to wear a Niqab in public, can a Singhala man say I will come in public naked ? (As its my right?) – does society allow every Jane/Mary and Fatima to decide individual freedom and come out to society naked – which can be also their decision? NO WAY?
    3. Argument 2 -Its not a security threat – ITS A SECURITY THREAT AS WE DONT KNOW IF ITS FATIMA OR USUF OR ALLA INSIDE THE DRESS? UNLESS THE FACE CAN BE SEEN.
    4. Argument 3 -Sarong or robe can hide a suicide vest !! – sure but no one covers the face with when wearing a sarong or robe? -ABILITY TO SEE FACE of the suicide bomber IS THE KEY deterrent. WE DONT MIND UR WOMEN BEING WEARING NIQAB INSIDE UR HOUSE, BUT IF THEY COME OUT NO WAY CAN U WEAR A NIQAB IN PUBLIC.

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      5. Question for Usuf -Why does Islam only cover their women head to toe to save Muslim men having sexual thoughts of sin? (i) Don’t then men also need to be covered to stop Muslim women have bad thoughts? (ii) What if Muslim men see Catholic / Buddhist women in short skirts?
      7. There are currently 7 nations in Europe that have banned the burqa, Germany Austria, Denmark, France, Belgium, Latvia, and Bulgaria.

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    “The robe was never considered a national security threat. A ban on robe was not even contemplated.”

    What a dumb argument!

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    Even if a “security clearance” is given to the Niqab, there is another compelling reason why face coverings are undesirable adjuncts to a woman’s attire. Most people here, whatever their religion (except Muslim males) are firmly convinced that Muslim women are being forced to wear the niqab by their domineering menfolk. If left to themselves, the overwhelming majority of Muslim women will not voluntarily inflict on themselves this sort of personality destroying accoutrement. Women have the human right to project their personality every bit as much as men. Just imagine if Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had visited this country wearing a mask with only a rectangular slot cut out for his eyes! Another thing is, this article would sound far more convincing if it had been authored by a Muslim lady.

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    Clever title…but the facts are different….reality is different…needs are different??? law of cohabitation requires compromises…and applies to all?

    Do you wear trousers and shirt, shorts and teeshirts??

    Yep..all humanity should be sent back to the caves with “nothing were”…..reset/reboot and come back with a sense of “evolutionary” understanding….applies to all.

    We live in a bubble where claimed to be religious and believe in things where at the same education teaches Darwinian principles..it must be so confusing for the children and we grow up with these confusions…no wonder we are confused as to what is religion and is ones right in a modern world….8 billion mouth to feed (1940 2-3 billion and 2020 8++ billion…soon to be 11 billion by 2050) ..and the science we follow for current identification/safety & security protocol need to be changed to “finger printing machines”permanently attached….or a James Bond spectacles for all that will defeat the purpose of clothing altogether ??

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    It is high time that in this enlightened day and age that Muslims come out of their Steel Jackets. It is all an attitude of the mind what a man sees on the skin of a woman’s body. More corrupted the mind is greater is the carnal attraction. The insane destruction of the Banyan Buddha statues by Muslim zealots is unforgivable in my mind. They were part and parcel with the world civilization and heritage. Awakening of the Muslim world is long overdue.

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    The very fact that the writer posed this question lends credence to the widely-held belief that as a community, the members of the Islamic faith in Sri Lanka are totally bereft of empathy. It is an empathy-deficit community.
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    Perception is stronger than reality. How one perceives a specific phenomenon will influence his mental, verbal and physical responses.
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    To a Muslim, the sight of a face-veil will signify piety and conservatism – attributes valued by their religion.
    To a non-Muslim, the sight of a face-veil could fill them with a sense of concern, apprehension and fear, because of the strong association of the black niqab (= abaya + face-veil) and ‘Islamic extremism / terrorism’.
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    One can tell another how to speak or even how to think, but one can never tell another how to FEEL. Any attempt therefore to allay the concerns, apprehensions and fears of the majority community by simply denying the possibility of the above phenomenon (“face-veil wearers are not extremists”) is bound to fail and is thus an absolute waste of time.
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    Empathy is the need of the hour. The solution is staring at the faces of the Muslims. Unfortunately they are blinded by their sense of entitlement and arrogance.

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      To say the basis for your entire argument is flawed is more than an understatement.
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      First let’s look at who’s responsible for the associating terrorism with Islam/Muslims. Was it not the media that is responsible for this ?? If they’re genuine they they should have been honest and mentioned the real terrorism in this country which is ‘extremist sinhala buddhist terrorism’
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      Secondly your premise that the minorities have to give up their right to freedom and dignity just so as to mollycoddle the feels of the insecure ignorant majority is just laughable. You can’t take away a persons right to religious freedoms just because the sinhala buddhist people don’t know to educate themselves so get over their irrational fears. Maybe a good starting point is to stop listening to extremist buddhist thug monks. By this same standard then I guess you’re in line with most in agreeing that Muslim countries like Malaysia and indotshould nan the symbol for South East Asian terrorism aka the siwura worn by monks. Also I’m sure you’re an ardent supporter of Afghanistan when they destroyed those budda statues ?? Yea take notice, your hypocrisy is on full display.

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        Malaysia and Indonesia should ban*

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        Sinhala Buddhists who gave asylum to Hindusthan origin Tamils and Muslims when they got into a desperate situation are the most peaceful and kindhearted people in Sinhale/Sri Lanka. They never resorted to terrorism. But these people who sought asylum in this country have become world famous as terrorists by slaughtering the very same people who gave them asylum.
        Now there is a concerted effort by Tamils and Muslims who have ruined their reputation among the International Community by killing Sinhalayo to spoil the good reputation of Sinhala Buddhists and in order to do that they have hired some coolies to keep on repeating ‘Sinhala Buddhist terrorists’ ‘extremist Sinhala Buddhist terrorism’ so as to create an image among the International Community that Sinhala Buddhists are also terrorists.

        “If they’re genuine they they should have been honest and mentioned the real terrorism in this country which is ‘extremist sinhala buddhist terrorism’.

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        “Was it not the media that is responsible for this ??”
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        Nope, Haji, the media only reports on real or imagined incidences, giving a slant to their reporting depending on their own biases and objectives. They did not create the ‘association’, but they definitely contributed to the boosting and enhancement of this universal opinion.
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        The growing piety of the Muslims worldwide, strongly promoted by certain interests in the Middle East in their bid for leadership and control of the Ummah (please read the book ‘Black Wave’), created the space for the emergence of anti-Muslim forces in most non-Muslim majority countries. The violent, intolerant behaviour of these ‘pious’ armed Muslims, even towards their own co-religionists, provided an excellent opportunity for the West to develop the spectre of ‘Islamic Terrorism’ to justify their own actions and decisions. See for example, the process of de-Islamization that has commenced in France.
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        As difficult as it may be to digest, the Muslims have to accept the following scenario :
        The ‘Black Burqa (=Abaya + Face-veil) ‘ is associated very strongly with certain Middle Eastern countries
        Certain Middle Eastern Countries are associated very strongly with ‘Islamic Extremism / Terrorism’
        Therefore, the ‘Black Burqa’ is associated very strongly with ‘Islamic Extremism / Terrorism’

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          To expect to be able to ‘laugh away’ the feelings of fear and apprehension expressed by one group, however irrational it may seem to another group, smacks of arrogance and conceit on the part of the latter group. Such feelings can be neutralized only through a process of understanding, compassion and empathy. Your response has clearly justified my claim that Muslims are totally devoid of empathy.
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          You expect the Sinhala Buddhists “to educate themselves to get over their irrational fears”, just so you have the unfettered freedom to indulge in all your ‘rights’ as a Muslim. As a pious Muslim, have you ever asked yourself about the ‘rights’ of the other communities in the Island. Don’t the majority non-Muslims have the right to live in an environment free of fear and anxiety created by the behaviour of a group perceived as extreme religious fanatics ? In observing their ‘rights’ , do the Muslims have the prerogative to trample the rights of the other communities ? Your expectations in this regard has clearly justified my claim that Muslims are blinded to reality and pragmatism by their overblown sense of entitlement and arrogance.
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          There are times when for the greater good of the greatest number, one must be prepared to suspend one’s rights.

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        See response posted below ‘Eagle Eye march 4 2021’ by mistake

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        See response below

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    The latest robots by Boston Dynamics exude more character and personality than any human being who wears a full face covering could hope to achieve. Applies equally to males and females.

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    “Does The Face Veil Threaten The Safety, Liberty Or Freedom Of Any Other Individual?“

    Does a handbag, or a backpack, or a briefcase, or a travel luggage Threaten The Safety, Liberty or Freedom of Any Other Individual?

    Does an automobile or a motor bike or a three wheeler on the street Threaten The Safety, Liberty or Freedom of Any Other Individual?

    Does someone’s home, abode, or shelter Threaten The Safety, Liberty or Freedom of Any Other Individual?

    The question is boundless.

    The real reasons underlying the universal madness is plentifully on display amongst the comments here.

    Live and let live.

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    It’s not all about niqab this universal drama of destruction of countries started with hate speach and discrimination to distancing the communities to remain in power.
    It was the phobia propaganda diverted the public from truth of uncertainty of countries future and to remain in power.
    At the beginning health ministry stated COVID – 19 deaths has to be cremated to prevent any potential biological threaf and time to time various justifications was given to establish the adamant cremation policy was made clear un reasonable and unethical. What is next? Niqab than what.
    Any way we are going to be ended up with nude beach, living together, gay marriage and growing Spa and bars without our own conscious as we are diverted on to religious and minority matters. Unfortunately educated people are behind justifications of unjust behaviour and rule.
    I am not insulting religions or cultures of any faith but not a single culture or religious faith not allowed what we are blindly navigating our generations. Please read this example lead us today.

    Contestants in the first Miss World beauty pageant in 1951, bikini was then banned from the competition. Even for a competition .

    In many countries the design was banned from beaches and other public places.

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    This is the Most beautiful dress.

    And the above is the most politically correct statement.

    100% CT approved post.

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    Such a beautiful dress.

    We all should adorn this costume. Once I took my Wife to the Thomian Dinner Dance in Canada dressed up in this. Everyone was so impressed. She appeared front page on the “Hello” magazine. Not only that even photographers from Elle were hounding us for a Photo op.

    This dress should not be limited to women. So unfair to men. Men, women and children across the globe should wear this. Consider it to be the worldwide uniform of the 21st century.

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    Desperate Citizens Call on our Leaders
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    We have a new menace , we are no more safe in our homes , on the roads,
    & in all public places ..

    What use are CCTV Cameras, the facemasks have become a convenient excuse for thieves to hide their Identity.. .
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    I kindly call upon His Excellency The President and Hon.Prime Minister,
    To kindly ban all face masks , face covers and full covered helmets
    immediately.

    Kindly consider to replace it with the transparent face shields as prevention for Covid 19 , they are not expensive and can be washed and worn,
    .while motorbike helmets with transparent cover can be considered.

    Robberies are becoming a everyday thing, it is also a concern of risk to lives , as weapons are freely available with criminals, ,

    I sincerely hope this message will reach both the leaders.
    Thank you

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