Friday, April 30, 2010
Belgium Veil Ban is a Step Backwards
Belgium which prides itself on being culturally advanced, looks to take a significant step backwards by banning veils in public spaces. The Belgian Senate just needs to approve the ban for it to become Belgian law.
Though the veil is linked to discrimination against women, it is part of Muslim culture.
Moreover, the Belgium ban represents an infringement on freedom of expression and religious belief, making Belgium a less free, tolerant society.
Unfortunately, as is the case with Belgium, basic individual/group survival when threatened takes precedence over basic democratic values, which demonstrates that democratic values are not really the core of Belgium society.
Belgium Veil Ban