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An Expression of Self-Loathing

33:36 It is not up to any believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have passed a judgement, to have any choice in their affairs. Whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger have gone astray in a manifest manner.

It is my choice, say the women. Except, that it is an irreversible choice which will take them to a place where they have no choice.

French sociologist Jean-Claude Kaufmann during an interview with le Point about his new book, Burkini, autopsie d'un fait divers (The Burkini, dissecting a trivial event, my translation), May 18, 2017.

An irreversible choice only to the extent that, in adopting the veil, the burka, the burkini ... females are publicizing that they are accepting to live by the dictates of a religion that hates them and which takes a dim view of apostasy.

The veil, the burka, the burkini etc, I would argue, is a manifestation of self-loathing, the wearer convinced that what a god and his spokesperson said about her is correct.

Marseille

'Burkini-only day' at French waterpark criticised

BBC Aug 4, 2016

The objections raised had less to do with the swimwear then the fact that women who refused to enjoy the public water park covered from their knees to their necks would not be allowed into the park on Burkini-only days.

The two-piece burkini (also spelled burquini) as demonstrated by Nigela Lawson (English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer Wiki):

The two-piece burkini and it's even more modest "veilkini" may not be much of an improvement over the traditional one piece djellaba a "long loose-fitting robe with full sleeves" and a hood worn by both women and men.

Basically, for observant women, you swim, if you can call it that, in the same clothing you wear every day.

Not so for men, of course.

Following is what Dalal Al-Bizri, Lebanese sociologist and columnist for the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat had to say about swimming fully clothed.

Any woman who has ever tried to swim fully-clothed is aware that she is not swimming; she can only, at best, struggle with the weight of her waterlogged clothing. This, in addition, to the nasty skin abrasions caused by the corrosive combination of salt and sand that gets embedded in clothing that takes forever to dry.

And of course, especially “the long, opaque djellaba” is not an impediment to sex. Quite the opposite.

By clinging to the skin, by hugging the contours of the human body, these soaking-wet garments are much more suggestive than any ordinary swimsuit. The power of seduction of young women draped in this fashion and constrained in their movements is increased tenfold.

Women's forbearance with the limits set by a prudish man and his equally puritanical mentor knows no bounds.

Cannes

The mayor of Cannes in southern France has banned full-body swimsuits known as "burkinis" from the beach ... women wearing burkinis will be invited to change into a more "respectful" costume.

BBC News, August 12

It's about showing respect, but also about removing a looming ominous presence wearing what mayor David Lisnard said "was a symbol of Islamic extremism" that might take away from your enjoyment of a day at the beach.

Corsica

A village mayor in Corsica has banned full-body swimsuits known as "burkinis" after a beach brawl between families of North African descent and local youths...

Witnesses say hatchets and harpoons were used in the Sisco beach brawl.

Witnesses say the brawl began after the Muslim families objected to photos being taken by a tourist. When a local teenager, with a group of friends on the beach, also took a photo the brawl erupted ....

BBC News, August 15, 2016

According to Le Figaro newspaper, older men who were herding their burkini clad women came prepared to defend their dignity and attacked the teenagers with hatchets.

This is getting so weird that the weirdness may be the straw that breaks the proverbial camel's back and we will see an increase in rational limits imposed on accommodating the irrational.

Then again, it could go the other way, especially if pitiless violence is threatened if the irrational is not fully accommodated by the rational.

Marketing Your God

Aheda Zanetti, who claims the trademark on the name burkini and burqini, said online sales were up by 200% ... She said the design was partially inspired by reports of France banning the hijab in schools to discourage the growth of Islam.

BBC News Aug 23, 2016

It's all about promoting your religion as Ms. Zanetti, who added a hood to the venerable pantsuit and called it swimwear, makes clear.

Aisha said [to Muhammad]:

"You have made us equal to the dogs and the asses."

Sahih Muslim

Narrated Abdullah bin Umar:

Allah's Apostle said, "Evil omen is in the women, the house and the horse.'

Bukhari 62.30

As with the hijab, non-Muslim women are volunteering to also become billboards for a religion which considers them the equivalent of pets and beasts of burden, and evil to boot, having swallowed whole the canard that it is about freedom-of-choice.

The burkini is not unlike a provocative advertisement. And, like all promotions on public property, even if it is one for a faith which bills itself as The Religion of Peace in spite of evidence to the contrary, it can and should be subject to regulations.

Nice - Revisiting the Scene of the Crime

French police make woman remove clothing on Nice beach following burkini ban Authorities in 15 towns have banned burkinis, citing public concern following recent terrorist attacks in the country ...

[the] woman was sitting on the shore at the town’s Promenade des Anglais, the scene of last month’s Bastille Day lorry attack.

The Guardian August 24, 2016

The Battle on the Beaches Moves to the Courtroom

France's Human Rights League (LDH) and the anti-Islamophobia association (CCIF), after failing to convince a court in Nice to overturn a ban at a beach (not Cannes) near the city, have asked France's highest administrative court, the Council of State (Conseil d'Etat) to rule on the matter.

A decision is expected within days.

In a major survey, 64% of citizens polled agreed with the bans which, at this writing covered (no pun intended) 26 beaches, most of them on the French Riviera.

Whatever the court decides, Nicolas Sarkozy, in an interview with Le Figaro said that, "not to do anything about the Burkini" would mean "another reversal for the Republic."

Sarkozy's argument is not unlike the one I made yesterday.

August 25, 2016

Freedom from Religion Denied

Top French court makes initial ruling to overturn burkini ban

Reuters Aug 25

The impact of this ruling for France will not be unlike what came after the decision in Ontario Human Rights Commission and Theresa O'Malley vs. Simpsons-Sears.

Expect more rulings which discriminate against secularists. The Fragile Exception has just gotten a lot more brittle!

Forcing the Secular to Promote its Nemesis in Canada

For the Love of a Religion that Hates Them

The burkini is not an indictment of Islam, it is what it is, but of the women who wear it.

Not the burkini-clad women who caused that kerfuffle in Corsica. They had no choice; they were being herded to water like some stallion's prized mares.

No, it's an indictment of women who wear the burkini because of their love of a religion that hates them.

Narrated Usama bin Zaid:

The Prophet said, "After me I have not left any affliction more harmful to men than women."

Bukhari 62.33

Women, who, because of their love of a religion that hates them, have answered the call of clerics and scholars like Tariq Ramadan to invade the public space dressed in traditional Islamic garbs as a way of promoting the religion that hates them everywhere.

On the Burkini Being About the People Who Wear It

There are non-Muslim women who for all kinds of reasons prefer to cover up at the beach, and they manage to do so without calling attention to themselves.

The burkini is designed to call attention to the fact the woman is Muslim, and that is what people are reacting to.

Anonymous Aug 29, 2016

The United Nations Wades In

The United Nations human rights office has called on French beach resorts to lift their bans on the burkini, calling them a “stupid reaction” that did not improve security but fueled religious intolerance.

Reuters, Aug 30, 2016

Exactly who is fuelling religious intolerance!

Eighty-four men, women and children are cruelly crushed to death beneath the wheels of a lorry driven by a man for whom the burka is a symbol of what his religion is all about where women are concerned and what is the response from the community of believers? An insensitive, insulting, intolerant, ill-timed demand that their women be allowed to parade on the beaches near the massacre in clothing that is a reminder of the horror that was visited on French citizens by a coreligionist.

Where is the Outrage?

Iran's state TV says police have shut down more than 800 clothing stores across the country for selling "unconventional and inappropriate" attire -- believed to mean Western-style outfits and women's clothing that doesn't meet strict Islamic requirements.

Associated Press Sept 5, 2016

I don't think it would have mattered if France had followed Iran's example and penalized the seller of the burkini.

It is so much easier to pick on the country whom French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls praised for "fighting for the freedom of women who should not have to live under the yoke of a chauvinist order."

By banning the burkini on public beaches France was making a statement that "the female body is neither pure nor impure; it is the female body. It does not need to be hidden to protect against some kind of temptation."

The deliberate oppressors of women get a pass, while the well-meaning are pilloried.

Alice's bizarro world may not be that far off.

The Holy v. the Holistic

A Muslim woman from Australia has told how she was forced to leave a beach in France for wearing a burkini.

Zeynab Alshelh, a 23-year-old medical student, told Australian media she had travelled to Europe to show solidarity with local Muslim women ... [and] to learn more about the situation and see if there was "anything that we can do to help these girls just live a normal life".

BBC Sept 19, 2006

As a medical student Ms. Alshelh should be aware of the health risks of not exposing enough skin to sunlight for long enough periods of time to allow the body to fill up on vitamin D.

A lack or shortage of this essential vitamin can lead to a shorten lifespan; but not before experiencing headaches, bladder issues, constipation, diarrhea... and weight gain.

The "normal life" advocate on a beach in front of another young woman in more appropriate beachwear.

Ms. Alshelh's idea of focusing on the inside, as a woman of faith, is obviously very different from that of people who take a more holistic approach to keeping body and soul in sync.

"It is a symbol of my faith, it is a symbol of my religion, it is a symbol of Islam and to go out there and wear the hijab, it helps people focus on what's inside rather than what's on the outside."

Two perspectives

Flaunting (sic) the Rules!

Muslim teen first to compete in hijab for Miss Minnesota

A Somali-American has become the first to compete in the Miss Minnesota USA pageant wearing a hijab and burkini.

She said she hopes her participation inspires other Muslim women to be confident about their identity.

The St Cloud resident said she was overwhelmed to be in the top 15 contestants and has received an outpouring of support from women around the world.

BBC, Nov 28, 2016

It's not enough for her to hide her finery, she must also not flaunt it, which is an integral part of a beauty pageant, except in front of a select audience - rev. 24:31.

Allah is not into half-measures which the hijab/burkini combination definitely is. And then, there is His Messenger's warning about an unaccompanied female:

[The Prophet said] "It is not permissible for a man to be alone with a woman, and no lady should travel except with a Muhram (her husband or a person whom she cannot marry e.g. her father, brother… "

Bukhari 52.250


The Prophet did allow women to venture out of the house to answer the call of nature unaccompanied by a male.

Narrated Aisha:

The Prophet said to his wives, "You are allowed to go out to answer the call of nature. "

Bukhari 4.148


If she must appear on stage, to keep within the bounds set by the Dynamic Duo, it is the full shapeless burka and niqab, and she must be accompanied on stage by her father, her husband or a close male relative.

If the appropriate male is not available she can always suckle a stranger if she is lactating, making him Muhram, thereby eligible to be her guardian for the occasion.

But that's it, unless she prefers to simply stay at home, like Allah counseled His Messenger wives -  rev. 33:33, and not risk burning in Hell for an eternity.

Bernard Payeur