Burkini represents religious fundamentalism writ large

Burkini represents religious fundamentalism writ large, by Jennifer Oriel.

When the Syrian city of Manbij was liberated from Islamic State, women burned their burkas, lit up cigarettes, laughed out aloud and embraced the female soldiers who had rescued them.

That is what freedom looks like. Freedom isn’t a woman encased in head to toe polyester under a burning sun because her religion deems the bikini immodest. The burkini is religious fundamentalism writ large on women’s bodies. We should not ban it, but there are no grounds to celebrate it as a symbol of multiculturalism. …

The burkini ban provides a convenient distraction from the incompetence of Europe’s socialist leaders on matters of national ­security and immigration. And it is doomed to fail. France’s highest administrative court suspended the ban on Friday.

Frech olice force woman to remove burkini

See the recent staged incident where a women was asked to remove her burkini by French police.

Low trust among Muslim men, and rape:

In France, a group of Muslim women ­recently tried to organise a bur­kini-only event at a waterpark near Marseilles. They justified their exclusionary policy by stating that women who wear bikinis risk rape while the burkini is ­designed “not to tempt since it’s a loose outfit”.

The idea that women provoke rape by dressing immodestly has a long and cross-cultural history. However, it has been reintroduced to the 21st century West by Islamist ideology. And the bikini-wearing woman is a favourite hate target of Islamists.

In Australia:

Former policeman Craig Campbell reported that before the Cronulla riots, Muslim men were harassing women wearing bikinis on the beach, calling them “whores and sluts”. Campbell later defended Muslims from angry crowds during the riots and emphasised that the beachside harassers represented a minority of the Muslim community.

In the years following the riots, various Islamist men have demeaned and ­degraded women for not wearing sharia-compliant clothing. The most infamous example was Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali who suggested that immodestly dressed women provoke sexual assault. He compared such women to ­uncovered meat and said that if women wore the hijab “the problem” would not occur.

So the followers of that immutable seventh century Arab culture are telling us they that cannot be trusted around women showing skin? That they are rapists? Is that why they dress their women in tents? Crazy. What a low-trust culture.

hat-tip Stephen Neil