Sunday, July 24, 2011

Begin the Belgium ban on the burqa

The second European country to ban the burqa in public and a blow to Islamic supremacism.  This is a good day for women in Islam and another wake-up call to the West, although  the machine will most likely pick-up.

From the BBC July 23

Belgian ban on full veils comes into force

A law has come into force in Belgium banning women from wearing the full Islamic veil in public.

The country is the second European Union nation after France to enforce such a ban. Offenders face a fine of 137.5 euros (£121; $197) and up to seven days in jail.

Two women who wear full veils launched an immediate court challenge, saying the law is discriminatory.

France, home to Europe's biggest Muslim population, enforced its ban in April.

Belgium's law bans any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in places like parks and on the street.

It was passed almost unanimously by the lower house of parliament in April 2010.

MPs voted with only two abstentions to back the legislation on the grounds of security, to allow police to identify people.

Other MPs said that full face veils such as the burka or the niqab were a symbol of the oppression of women.

But critics of the law say it could end up excluding women, leaving those who do wear the full veil trapped in their homes.
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1 comment:

Zener said...

If people think women wearing a burqa are not a threat, then what about men who want to wear a burqa?

Good for Belgium!