It seems it is not only the far right that seizes the opportunity of every calamity that befalls us and every terrorist attack to unleash their exclusionary and hateful rhetoric towards Islam and Muslims. Self-proclaimed enlightened liberals do too.
We do not need other people to take their cameras and claim to know what the world looks like through our eyes. We do not need others to speak over us, pretending to tell our stories, when we have our own voices and our own cameras and are fully capable of documenting our lives.
Fakih will be wielded as a weapon to tell women what they're wearing is wrong. For far too long, women -- or women reduced to their bodies -- have been the fields on which ideas, identities, and now corporations do battle.
In order for us to win the battle against radical Islam we must not compromise our values as a result of few militant Muslims' manipulation of religion or use of the burqa and niqab as a cover to commit crimes.
At the risk of estranging my humanist and feminist friends and readers, I have to stand against the banning of the burqa not just out of respect for liberty, but also for the second reason: it could hurt women more than help them.