I hate it when statist government goons make laws banning and criminalizing personal conduct which harms no one, except perhaps the feelings of those nasty busybodies among us whose only mission in life is to stifle the lives, happiness and personal choices of others.
There are laws on the books that beg to be flouted.
Yes, I hated, for example, the mindless Drug Wars from the beginning and defied the statists without any sense of guilt. Thankfully I never got caught. Many did, however, and too many of them had their lives ruined without mercy. It wasn’t so much the drugs that caused the damage; it was the government thugs who trapped them in their nets.
It seems that the statists have learned nothing from the days of liquor prohibition when the American people flouted the laws en mass. Today the French resort of Cannes has banned full-body, head-covering swimsuits – burqinis -- from its beaches.
Can you imagine that? Can you think of any possible harm to others that could be caused by a Muslim woman wearing a burqini on the beach? I can’t. But the French statists want you to believe that a woman wearing a burqini poses a danger to French national security. They simply can’t be serious, but they are deadly serious and now they’ve criminalized the wearing of swimsuits they don’t like.
Cannes Mayor David Lisnard issued an ordinance in late July forbidding beachwear that doesn't respect "good morals and secularism." It notes that swimwear "manifesting religious affiliation in an ostentatious way, while France and its religious sites are currently the target of terrorist attacks, could create risks of trouble to public order." Violators face a fine of 38 Euros ($42).
Lisnard labels burqinis "the uniform of extremist Islamism, not of the Muslim religion," and said that the ordinance might also apply to saris worn by Indian bathers, because the clothing could hamper rescuers' efforts to save them in an emergency.
You see, the French government statist goons think they have the right to punish people who do not appear to be “secular” enough in public. French law, for example, already forbids face-covering veils anywhere in public, and headscarves in public schools.
There is plenty enough statism here in America while statists run amok in France.