Is it morally correct to force a women to remove part of her clothes because of secularism?
by LA98 on September 12, 2016 - 9:43pm
On August 23 2016, the Daily Mail as well as many other papers published a series of pictures of Police officers talking to a veiled women on a beach in Nice. On the first picture, we can see a police officers crunched down appearing to write a note.The other pictures show the same women removing parts of her clothes. These pictures have taken social media by storm forcing many to share their opinion via Social Media. The hysteria was so big that a hashtag was circulation on Twitter named #WTFFrance.The police forced a women to remove part of her close since a new law adopted in that region banned burkinis due to the recent attacks. Two reacting surfaced.Some where in favour of the fine received by the women while other thought it was inappropriate. In the article, their were two conflicting ethical choices. Greater good against freedom of religion.
People in favour of the police’s action say that he officers were only applying the law that was put in place while others say that clothes that represent a certain religion are not appropriate to be worn after the events that happened which killed many and that it would only cause trouble to public order.
The Conflicting ethical choice in this article is freedom of religion which means that every person has a right to practice the religion they want.People find it disgusting how a country that call’s itself liberal and democratic forces a women to take off part of her clothes.Others say that it’s an other way to stigmatize muslim women and some french citizens are disgusted by the way that women was treated when their country’s main values are liberty and equality.
In my opinion,it is very wrong to force a women to take off part of her clothes due to secularism especially if she is not disturbing anyone.People should be allowed to wear what ever they want.To continue, the law bans the burkini but the women on the images is only wearing a headscarf,leggings and a tunic which is very different from a burkini. To people who say it’s for security measures, the women was not even in the water, she was only seated at the beach.I might understand that it is tense in Nice right now because of the attacks and that they want to clear out anything that has to do with religion but I strongly believe it’s the wrong way to do it. ISIS’s technique to gain followers is by making them believe that western countries are against Islam and that idea can easily be depicted in those images.The photographies are what might cause trouble to public order, not what she was wearing.Secularism is important but should not baffle other peoples right.People have a right to believe and practice what they want without being forced to change.I would like to finish off on a question I have asked myself while writing this: How and when do we draw the line between secularism and freedom of religion?
Morin, Violaine. “Indignation devant les photos d’une femme voilée contrôlée sur la plage à Nice.” Le Monde, August 28 2016, http://www.lemonde.fr/societe/article/2016/08/24/les-photos-d-une-femme-contrainte-d-enlever-son-voile-a-nice-suscitent-emoi-et-incomprehension_4987497_3224.html .Accessed September 9th 2016.
Said-Moorhouse, Lauren. “Burkini ban: Police in Nice force women to remove part of clothing.” CNN, August 25 2016, http://www.cnn.com/2016/08/24/europe/woman-burkini-nice-beach-incident-trnd/.Accessed September 9th 2016.