Burqas, nijabs, the PS and red herrings

by , under Enrique

A tabloid Iltalehti story wrote about a heated debate in parliament Friday between the anti-immigration populist Perussuomalaiset (PS) party and the Greens over a draft bill  spearheaded by PS MP Vesa-Matti Saarakkala, which aims to ban the burqa and nijab in public places. The PS MP considers the law as a “preventive measure” even if the nijab never mind the burqa are extremely rare in Finland.  

PS MP Marja Louhela, who turns into a Ms Hyde whenever she hears the word “Muslim,” believes that such a ban would do a lot of good for Muslim women because it would improve their chances of getting a job.

MP Jussi Halla-aho, who was sentenced for ethnic agitation and who has never hid his loathing for Muslims and especially Somalis, claims the following: “It [burqa and nijab] messages wanting to be set apart from others, wanting to encapsulate in one’s culture. Those societies that don’t want women to communicate [with others] outside the home [require] women to veil their faces,” he said.

MP Olli Immonen, an Islamophobist like Halla-aho and Louhela who believes that Muslims will overrun Europe, offered a red herring by claiming his concern for Muslim women’s rights.

Green MPs Oras Tynkkynen and Satu Haapenen argued that the ban by the PS is unconstitutional and would not empower Muslim women.

To all those PS MPs, who claim to want to “liberate” Muslim women but in reality want to oppress them by denying them acceptance and their right to their identity, I offer the picture below.

 Source: The Sociological Cinema