Wear Green Ribbons For Iran
On June 22th, 2009,
Read Chesler on Sarkozy vs Obama on The Burqa
President Nicholas Sarkozy stated that he viewed the full-body burqa and niquab as a sign of the “debasement” of women and that it won’t be welcome in France.
According to the glorious Sarkozy:
“In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity … The burqa is not a religious sign, it’s a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement — I want to say it solemnly, it will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic.”
Now, contrast Sarkozy’s words with what President Obama said in Cairo on June 4th, 2009.
“Moreover, freedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one’s religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state of our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That is why the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.
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29. Tina Trent:
Obama is untroubled by the troubling strain of misogyny that runs through the left in America, and this is one of his most frightening attributes.
Through working in politics, I gradually came to realize that the self-identified leftists simply despised women — a hysterical contempt that began with the Herb Aptheker-era activists who shaped the president’s political philosophy.
Totalitarianism is now strongest in those states where “liberation” and “justice” movements hinge on oppression of women. Obama not only doesn’t recognize this: he supports it.
Tim Maguire may feel that wearing the burka is a neutral personal choice: it is not. It is an expression of hatred and contempt for all women and especially those who do not wear it. It stands for enforcing a code on all women, unlike most other religious orders’ garb.
It also shows how far American feminism has fallen that they (selectively) cannot attach a negative value to the submission of women.
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