Thursday, July 15, 2010

Calls grow for burka ban in Britain as French outlaw Islamic 'walking coffins'

'These people are saying that they don't want to be part of our way of society.'

There is no doubt in my mind that Muslims specifically wanted to show their objection to western society, a message telling the women to wear such clothes for this purpose appeared on a Muslim website. What they didn't count on was a response.

They somehow believed that people were going to see how wonderful it was and then follow them, in fact the opposite has happened.

I think other EU countries may have to ban the burqa, as they may run the risk of having burqa migration. We could see burqa-ed women and their families moving to places where the face coverings are allowed.

Britain faced growing calls to ban the burka today after French MPs voted overwhelmingly to outlaw full-face veils in public.

Politicians in France united yesterday to ban Islamic veils that cover a woman's face, which some described as 'walking coffins'.

Deputies in the country's 557-seat lower house, the National Assembly, voted in favour of the ban by 335 votes to one.

Support for a ban in Britain has come from Tory backbencher Philip Hollobone and the UK Independence Party.

Mr Hollobone has tabled a private members' bill which would make it illegal for anyone to cover their face in public.

The Kettering MP, who has previously likened full face veils to 'going round with a paper bag over your head', said: 'It is unnatural for someone to cover their face and it not a religious requirement.

'We are never going to have a fully integrated society if an increasing proportion of the population cover their faces'.

His Face Coverings (Regulation) Bill is the first of its kind in Britain, and is one of only 20 private members' bills drawn in a ballot for the chance to make it into the statute books.

The bill, which had its first reading in June, stands little chance of becoming law due to limited Parliamentary time and a lack of support from the main political parties.

Mr Hollobone has insisted that his bill has widespread public support: 'People feel that something should be done about burkas, but so many are afraid to speak out for fear of being labelled a racist.

'Part of the British way of life is walking down the street, smiling at people and saying hello, whether you know them or not. You cannot have this everyday human interaction if you cover your face.

'These people are saying that they don't want to be part of our way of society.'

Far-Left groups such as the Communists joined president Nicolas Sarkozy's ruling UMP party in voting for it, although Socialists and Greens abstained.

Communist MP Andre Gerin said yesterday: 'Talking about liberty to defend the wearing of the full veil is totally cynical - for me, the full veil is a walking coffin, a muzzle.

'The result follows months of heated debate during which immigration minister Eric Besson also described the burka as a 'walking coffin', while prime minister Francois Fillon accused wearers of 'hijacking Islam' and displaying a 'dark sectarian image'.

Recent polls suggested that more than 80 per cent of French people wanted the burka banned, including some of the country's five million Muslims.

Under the terms of the bill, anyone caught wearing a burka, which covers the entire face and body with just a mesh screen for the eyes, or a niqab, which has a slit for the wearers' eyes, will face a £117 fine.

Men caught forcing a woman to wear a burka or a niqab will face a year in prison or a £25,000 fine.

The garments are seen as undermining women's rights and a threat to France's secular status.

The proposed legislation, which is colloquially referred to as the
'anti-burka law', is officially called 'the bill to forbid concealing one's face in public'.

The draft bill backed by Mr Sarkozy's government will now pass to the Senate upper house where it could be ratified in September to become law.

But it could be shot down by the European Court of Human Rights and France's constitutional watchdog, the Council of State, which has warned that the bill may be illegal because it does not allow freedom of expression.

This would be a humiliation for Mr Sarkozy, whose government has devoted much attention to a bill that only affects around 2,000 women in France.

It could also dampen efforts in other European countries to outlaw veils. Belgium and Spain have begun the initial stages of burka bans.

The main body representing French Muslims fears the ban will stigmatise the religion, which it says does not require women to cover their faces anyway.

A French tycoon is setting up a fund to help Muslim women pay 'burka fines'.

Muslim businessman Rachid Nekkaz has pledged to sell property worth 1million euros to finance the fund.


The French National Assembly vote to ban Islamic veils being worn publicly was all but a formality, but it could still be a long time before the garments disappear from French streets.

Although the measure is likely to be ratified by the Senate, the Paris Parliament’s upper house, in September, legal moves are already under way to stop it being passed.

Representatives of the Council of State, France’s highest court, met government ministers in May and suggested a ban could infringe basic constitutional rights, including freedom of expression.

They also suggested that it could be in breach of the European Convention of Human Rights.

Opponents have also accused President Nicholas Sarkozy of using the ban as a smokescreen for far more serious problems with the economy, and with his allegedly corrupt financial dealings.

They say that he has also created racial tension by setting the ban in the context of an anti-Islamic ‘National Identity’debate.

Daily Mail


Raja said...

How do we know whether the passport really belongs to the person holding?

Off with BoorKa. 80% of Europe is on the right track.

Cole said...

Its modesty before security ~ they want us it seems to pretend we are living in the middle of the desert with the camels!!