Thursday, April 29, 2010

Belgian lawmakers pass burka ban

Thanks to Will for sending this to us.

From the BBC:

Woman in face veil (file pic)
The Muslim Executive of Belgium has criticised the move

Belgium's lower house of parliament has voted for a law that would ban women from wearing the full Islamic face veil in public.

The law would ban any clothing that obscures the identity of the wearer in places like parks and on the street. No-one voted against it.

The law now goes to the Senate, which is also expected to approve it. It would then become law by June or July.

The ban would be the first move of its kind in Europe.

Only around 30 women wear this kind of veil in Belgium, out of a Muslim population of around half a million.

The BBC's Dominic Hughes in Brussels says MPs backed the legislation on the grounds of security, to allow police to identify people.

Other MPs said that the full face veil was a symbol of the oppression of women, our correspondent says.

The ban would be imposed in all buildings or grounds that are "meant for public use or to provide services", including streets, parks and sports grounds.

Exceptions could be made for certain festivals.

Those who break the law could face a fine of 15-25 euros (£13-£27) or a seven-day jail sentence.

The Muslim Executive of Britain has criticised the move, saying it would lead to women who do wear the full veil to be trapped in their homes.

7 comments:

Unknown said...

Hi.
it's a small victory ,but as the article states"it would lead to women who do wear the full veil to be trapped in their homes".
These women have no rights what so ever it seems and that's called progress?

Pastorius said...

When they are outdoors, they live in a portable concentration camp called the burqa. When they are indoors, presumably, they can wear more normal clothes.

The truth is, either way, they are dominated by their husbands and by the religion of Islam. They are not free human beings.

Alexander M√ľnch said...

"portable concentration camp"
Nice, Pasto !
See the latest model:-
http://ow.ly/1B00u

Anonymous said...

I second loving "Portable concentration camp!" Can I use that?

STanding up to their facist sexism through legislation is a great step forward.

Go Belgium!

Pastorius said...

Sure, I've been using that for years now. I wish everyone would start using it. I think it is accurate.

Brooke said...

Good news!

"The Muslim Executive of Britain has criticised the move, saying it would lead to women who do wear the full veil to be trapped in their homes."

Boo-hoo. Then either join the 21st century, or go back to a hellhole Islamic republic where women aren't allowed to leave their homes without a male 'escort.'

Anonymous said...

Brooke,

I love your fire. It burns brightly! Shine on!