A French court has decided to deny citizenship to a Muslim woman because her practice of radical Islam, including the sporting of a burqa, conflicts with French values. The woman lives in France with her French husband and three French-born children.
Urban Affairs Minister Fadela Amara, a Muslim member of the French government, has voiced her support of the decision, calling the burqa poison, a straitjacket, and a prison. Amara thinks the choice could dissuade "fanatics from imposing the burqa on their wives." She also said:
"It is not a religious insignia but the insignia of a totalitarian political project that advocates inequality between the sexes and which is totally devoid of democracy."
While I would feel oppressed if I had to wear a burqa, I can't see how the court's decision to deny citizenship helps this woman, nor am I sure it will liberate other women. Perhaps France is justified in encouraging assimilation, but I can't help but think the decision simply punishes this woman for her own oppression. Do you think the man will allow his wife to stop wearing the burqa so she can become a citizen?