I consider islam to be as laughable as christianity or any other religion, and the forced covering of women's skin to be ludicrous and sexist. Get muslim men to cover their own eyes if they don't want to see women's skin. But burkinis can at least serve a legitimate purpose. I sometimes wear diveskins (full body lycra catsuits) when swimming in waters infested with jellyfish, or as skin protection if I'm at the beach for hours.
I have no doubt that David Lisnard, the mayor of Cannes, France will claim he is not an islamophobe. Clearly he's too dim to understand that islamophobia and discrimination are part of what leads people to extemism.
Burkinis banned on France's Cannes beaches by mayor
The mayor of Cannes has banned the wearing of burkinis - full-body swimsuits - on the beaches of the French Riviera resort famous for its annual film festival, officials said on Thursday.
Mayor David Lisnard signed off on the ruling 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," it says.
If Lisnard wants to ban burkinis, is he also going to ban neoprene wetsuits and diveskins which look very similar? Or will he just admit he is a bigot targeting one specific religion? It makes me wonder if his reactionary dictum is an overreaction what happened in Marseille.
'Burkini-only day' at French waterpark criticised
A waterpark in France is to be booked out for one day to Muslim women wanting to wear "burkinis" - but the decision has led to criticism by politicians on the right.
A community group in Marseille arranged the day, giving access only to women wearing the all-over swimming garment.
Note the key word: booked, which means people paid for use of a privately owned business. Would people be getting into such a lather if a nudist group booked the facility? Would people like Lisnard demand pork be served if muslims booked and paid for a halal-only menu at a restaurant?