Friday, 4 November 2011

Different opinions

   Last week I read an article that deals with the issue of the Islamic veil across Europe. In many countries in Europe, there is a lot of debate about this issue, which takes in religious freedom, female equality, secular traditions, and fears of terrorism. Thus, the article presents both sides arguments, that is, those countries that are in favor of a full ban, and those who are against this violation of civil rights.
  On the one hand, there are some countries, such as, France, Belgium, that are pushing head with plans to introduced a law-banning women from wearing full-face Islamic veils in all public places. Supporters claim that veils oppressed women and are a potential security threat. It is also said that clothes designed to hide a person identity must become illegal.
   On the other hand, there are some countries, such as Britain, Germany, and Netherlands, that do not have plans for a national ban yet. Consider, for instance, the case of Germany, where the federal constitutional court ruled in favour of a teacher who wanted to wear an Islamic scarf to school. These opponents state that they have abandoned plans to impose a ban on all forms of coverings the face because a law like this, would be a violation of the civil rights. Besides, they also claim that they cannot tell people what to wear in streets because it is not fair.
  In sum, owing to the fact that nowadays many countries are experiencing violent acts, which are intended to create fear and are perpetrated for a religious, political, or ideological goal, the Islamic veil has become a controversial issue across Europe. In my view, the number of countries in favor of a full ban is highly increasing, so it is advisable for teachers to be knowledgeable about this issue in order to promote the appreciation and acceptance of multiple cultures in their classroom practices.


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