In a move that no doubt will offend people who like to label others “Islamophobic” for saying or doing anything critical of Islam, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena used an emergency law to ban any garment that “hinders identification.”
According to the BBC:
Any face garment which "hinders identification" will be banned to ensure security, his office said. Muslim leaders criticised the move.
The niqab and burka - worn by Muslim women - were not specifically named.
The move is perceived as targeting those garments, however.
Sri Lanka remains on high alert eight days after Islamist attacks that hit churches and hotels.
The ban comes just over a week after multiple suicide bombers attacked hotels and Christian churches, killing over 250 people and injuring over 500 more.
Of course the move is perceived as “targeting” both the niqab and burka. Who else covers their face on a regular basis?
Without fail, critics have come out strongly against the move.
“We see this as a reflection of the conflict between the president and the prime minister,” Hilmy Ahmed, vice-president of the Sri Lanka Muslim Council said. “We strongly criticise the decision. We will not accept the authorities interfering with the religion without consulting the religious leadership.”
No one is interfering with Islam. Certain governments just want to keep their citizens safe by at the very least requiring that you can see more than just a person’s eyes.
Not only that, but isn’t the practice of covering up all women’s faces the very definition of “toxic masculinity?” At the very least, it’s endemic of a true patriarchal society — or so we could surmise from word salad that we typically hear from SJWs and modern feminists.
H/T: Chicks on the Right