The 21st Century Phenomenon



All over Europe, especially Western Europe, a cultural and political struggle is going on in an attempt to stop the fast Islamization of Europe and to keep the local traditions and political functioning. As long as Europe is rich, with a developed welfare system, a very poor birthrate and wants to keep its high level of live and, on the other hand, the Muslim countries are poor with a very high birthrate and almost without any functioning welfare system – Europe will be flooded with growing numbers of immigrants, a vast majority of them – Muslims (see – Cultural Conflict).



What Europe is trying to do, with little success, is to assimilate the Islamic population into the Western social way of life and to adopt Western values. The last episode in the European ongoing conflict is a new a draft bill unveiled, on Thursday 01/07/2010, to the French Parliament, in which Muslim women who wear the full Islamic veil in France will face a possible 750-euro ($1,000) fine.  

Jean-Francois Cope, who heads the governing UMP party in the National Assembly, told Le Figaro newspaper’s weekly magazine that men who force their wives to wear the burka or niqab (veil) could face an even heavier fine. “The law will address an issue of security,” Cope said in an interview with the magazine.


“The proposed measure would prohibit the covering of the face in public places and on the streets, with the exception of special cultural events or carnivals.” The draft legislation will be presented in the next two weeks and should come up for debate in the French parliament after the March regional elections, he said.

The majority leader, who is also openly campaigning to succeed President Nicolas Sarkozy as the right-wing candidate for the presidency in 2017, said the burka must be banned to defend women’s rights. “We can measure the modernity of a society by the way it treats and respects women,” he said (see – MUSLIM GIRLS RIGHTS).

France’s political establishment is divided on whether to ban the burka, with the opposition Socialists this week saying that it opposed a law even though Muslim women must be discouraged from wearing the full veil.

The burka debate has heated up ahead of the release at the end of the month of a much-awaited report by a parliamentary panel that has conducted six months of hearings on the issue.

Many politicians from the left and right have cautioned that a draconian law banning the head-to-toe veil would be difficult to enforce and probably face a challenge in the European rights court.

Sarkozy himself has said that the burka is not welcome in France but has not stated publicly whether legislation should be enacted.

Critics argue that a specific law enacted to ban the full veil would be tantamount to using a sledgehammer to swat a fly. Only 1,900 women wear the full veil in France, according to the interior ministry. 

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