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Oppressing the Veiled and Civil Disobedience

June 17, 2011

By CoolnessofHind

“All voting is a sort of gaming, like checkers or backgammon, with a slight moral tinge to it, a playing with right and wrong, with moral questions; and betting naturally accompanies it. The character of the voters is not staked. I cast my vote, perchance, as I think right; but I am not vitally concerned that that right should prevail. I am willing to leave it to the majority. Its obligation, therefore, never exceeds that of expediency. Even voting for the right is doing nothing for it. It is only expressing to men feebly your desire that it should prevail. A wise man will not leave the right to the mercy of chance, nor wish it to prevail through the power of the majority. There is but little virtue in the action of masses of men.”. 

Henry Thoreau, Resistance to Civil Government (1849)

The French Assembly voted 366 to one in favour of the ban on the veil, primarily premised upon the notion, that it oppressed women.  Such arguments have been comprehensively demolished on this blog in the past, and hence do not necessitate a regurgitation of those arguments.  Nevertheless, one would certainly question the motive of a government which wishes to pass a law against a minute minority (some estimates suggest less than 400 women wear a veil in France) in a total French population of 63 million.

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