Ever since the photograph of armed French Policemen surrounding and allegedly forcing a woman to take off her Burkini on a beach in Nice went viral, the social media is buzzing with reactions to #burkiniban.
Staunch supporters of the ban were seen underlining the supposed to be strict secular nature of French Republic.
Mayor David Lisnard of Cannes while banning Burkini has explained in the order that “access to beaches and for swimming is banned to anyone who does not have (bathing apparel) which respects good customs and secularism,” which is a founding principle of the French republic.
“Beachwear which ostentatiously displays religious affiliation, when France and places of worship are currently the target of terrorist attacks, is liable to create risks of disrupting public order (crowds, scuffles etc) which it is necessary to prevent,”
But soon the French double standards on secularism was exposed by many by uploading pictures of Christian nuns wearing outfits similar to Burkini enjoying the French beaches.
As long as the Christian nun outfits are not banned, no one can argue rationally that Burkini ban is to respect secularism by preventing display of religious symbols in public sphere.
The former French President Sarkozy strongly supports the ban. He said :
it is time to end the presence of burkinis on French beaches.
Wearing a burkini is a political act, it’s militant, a provocation.
If you agree with Sarkozy, how can you not agree with a Muslim who says drawing Mohammed is a similar provocative militant political act ?