If the current sentiments of French people are cold towards Muslim, I don’t entirely blame them. It is hard for us to paint Muslims in a better light for them specially after the Charlie Hebdo incident and all other incidents that followed after.
I was one of those Muslims who strongly condenmed the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Not beacuse I’m anti Muslim or pro French, but because I will never side with injustice done to any human no matter what race or religion or sexual orientation.
Banning Burkinis is one such issue. It is against religious rights. For a country that believes in Equality, Liberty, Fraternity don’t you think that’s the complete opposite?
And what’s so bad about a Burkini anyway? It’s just another name for a wet suit with a headscarf.
Banning of Burkinis might be considered as a response to how Muslim countries behave to foreigners wearing western clothing. For example, if you were to travel to Saudi Arabia, you would never do so in a mini skirt because the law dictates that women cover themselves up completely. So maybe it’s more like a “When in France, do as the french do” thing.
Or it may just be a result of the growing hatred between the two. Like I said earlier, If the French hate Muslims I really don’t blame them for doing so because Islam is linked with terrorism all over the world and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Even if Islam is a peaceful religion, nobody cares because on TV it is not portrayed as such.
To sum it all up, I still think it is wrong to ban Burkinis. I can only best describe it in the words of Ms. Roy: