If there’s one thing I’ve learned about human nature, it’s this: if you want to discourage a variety of expression and stop getting people from getting upset about it, the best thing you can do is to make that variety of expression against the law. Typically, people who have just had their mode of clothing outlawed by government smile, lift their chin, put on what everybody else is wearing and don’t make a fuss about it. Now that the burka is being made illegal by the Belgian parliament, I’m sure the issue will just go away and nobody will feel like they have any grievances against the society around them at all. Inter-religious friction will dissipate and we’ll all just be like one happy family that does things the one way that things should be done.
Great job, Belgium! Try outlawing frowns next.