Senior Rabbi Warns, Burka Ban ‘Crosses Red Line’

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DTT: The chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt’s words are comforting for those Muslim women who are forced by the state to take off something that they have voluntarily chosen to wear. For the State to decide what a woman can wear and not wear is a sign of dictatorship.

Some of these “Democratic” countries preach about tolerance, and that they allow for its citizens to wear what they like but then tell Muslim women not wear this or that, is not a country that follows the democratic principles. Those “Democratic” countries preach about Middle-Eastern countries being oppressive against women and making women wear hijab (note, there are only few countries that make it mandatory to wear hijab), but the irony of it all is they are NO different than the countries they oppose. In fact they are different sides of the same coin. Both of them oppress women in different ways. While one says to wear it, the other (“Democratic”) force women not wear it. And for women to fail to follow these rules, they get fined and even jailed. Very sad.

Let women choose what they want to wear. Leave the women alone.

By Edward Malnick – The Telegraph

Pinchas Goldschmidt, the chief rabbi of Moscow, says a court ruling upholding France’s ban on wearing a burka in public “crossed a red line”

Europe’s most senior rabbi has issued an impassioned defence of the right of Muslim women to wear a burka in public.

Pinchas Goldschmidt, the president of the Conference of European Rabbis, said that a European Court of Human Rights ruling upholdingFrances ban on veils “crossed a red line” for religious freedom.

In an article for he said that he was “deeply suspicious” of claims that the prohibition on wearing a burka or a niqab in public was designed to promote relations between communities.

The orthodox rabbi warned that religious communities across Europe were feeling increasingly “disaffected and marginalised”, suggesting that the ban should be of concern to people of all faiths.

However, Rabbi Goldschmidt, who was born in Switzerland and is chief rabbi of Moscow, suggested the ruling threatened religious freedom. …

“The bans on the building of minarets in Switzerland in 2009 and on wearing a burka, upheld by the ECHR in the last few days, have crossed a red line,” he said.

“My personal view is that to suggest that the particular appearance of a place of worship – of which there were only four across the entire country at the time of the Swiss referendum – could somehow negatively impact on a person in any meaningful way is ludicrous in the extreme.”

He continued: “I am also deeply suspicious of claims that a ban on the burka is designed to promote intercommunal relations.”

Politicians have insisted that banning the wearing of burkas and niqabs in public would help to tackle extremism.

But Rabbi Goldschmidt said: “Those people that think banning the burka somehow strikes a blow against extremism are woefully naïve.

“If anything they have created a distraction from the attempts to tackle terrorism and radicalisation and they have made the problem worse.”

Read the entire article hereThe Telegraph 3rd July, 2014


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