Early approval for Italy veil ban


Since France decided to ban the veil, many other countries have been debating whether or not to do the same. It's only fitting that Italy, and its well-known religiosity, would potentially follow suit. So, what is the ban exactly? Well, the Italian law would ban women (specifically) from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. Those who violate the ban would owe €300 ($397). This law is ridiculous--it's sexist, xenophobic, and just downright oppressive. Interestingly, the Italian law was "sponsored by Souad Sbai, a Moroccan-born member of the conservative Freedom People party of the Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. She said she wanted to help Islamic women better integrate into society." She continues on to say:

Five years ago, no one wore the burqa [in Italy]. Today, there is always more. We have to help women get out of this segregation … to get out of this submission.

This is problematic. It's not Ms. Sbai's place to judge those who wear the burqa or niqab. It's not her right to decide what is oppressive and what is not for all women. Anytime society attempts to enforce a law based on a generalization or stereotype, it never works, and it's never appropriate.

Furthermore, this ban, if enacted, will "isolate devout Muslim women, who would not be able to leave their homes."