Another Burqa Perspective
Here is a Christian perspective on the ever-contested burqa.
Besides the fact that whenever I’m presented with a religious symbol or practice not found in my own religion, I start foaming at the mouth and pawing the ground like any righteous fundamentalist (joking!!), I’m actually okay with the burqa…for the most part.
For one thing, the burqa is a symbol of modesty. Just check out Fulla (on Wikipedia), the Muslim version of Barbie. She’s modest, nice to her friends, wears classy clothes indoors and doesn’t double as a hooker on weekends. Also, I know that some women (some not even Muslim) wear the burqa to dispel unwanted attention from males; why then, is it socially acceptable for attention-hungry women to wear immodest clothing in public and the population does not complain?
Oh, I get it-because we’re visual gluttons.
On the other hand, I don’t believe in hate crimes-for anyone. No one should be hurt, ridiculed, shamed, mutilated or killed for their attempts to live a peaceful life. “No one” includes people of all religions, sexual orientations, skin colors, etc. Therefore, if a woman chooses not to wear a burqa in a community where it is generally accepted as good to do so, then she should NOT have to suffer pain and suffering for those choices, especially at the hands of those who she should be able to trust, like her family. If this action (or any questionable action in a community) is indeed thought of as incendiary, then some spiritual leader should talk with them about their choices, see if they can do anything to help them, and move on from there.
The burqa is only a symbol of oppression to those who are oppressed by it. From what I’ve seen so far, it is often a choice.
So there you have it. I wish that we women could be free to be modest if we so choose, but not to the detriment of our spirit or being. Though, I’m not about to storm England (or anywhere else, for that matter) demanding that all burqas come off. That is not my right, no matter how I may feel about it.