|Biretta and Roman chasuble|
The burkini ban, now overturned by the French high court, has been presented as being just about clothing. This is disingenuous.
A clergyman's collar, a monk's habit or a Sikh's turban are items which announce the wearer's entire philosophy and life principles. The Catholic priest who processes into Mass wearing a biretta and Roman chasuble is making a bold statement about his understanding of the theology of the Catholic faith in general and the Mass in particular. The teenager with well-off parents who chooses to wear ripped jeans is also saying something, Likewise the burkini.
Clothing is never just clothing. There is a sign system at work here. Clothes have meanings. They are a declaration of allegiance to something or other.