Netherlands Institutes Partial Ban on Niqab and Burqa

 In Foreign, opinion, religion

In an effort to increase security across the Netherlands, Dutch legislators have introduced a partial ban on the Niqab and  Burqa in schools, hospitals, and public transportation. The ban does not apply to walking down the street, only in places where because of security, it is imperative that people be seen. Ski masks and helmets are included in the legislation. But it is only a partial ban, and still allows the wearing of these clothing items.

The previous ban on the veils was withdrawn and this new partial ban introduced. A violation can cost up to $450.

“In a free country like the Netherlands, everyone has the right to dress how they choose, no matter what others think … That freedom is only limited in situations when it is essential for people to look at each other.” Dutch Interior Ministry

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Left- Burqa, Right-Niqab (afp photo)

Neighboring Belgium and France have banned the veils in all public places. Geert Wilder, a Dutch politician who is an outspoken critic of Islam,  and recently attended the Freedom of Speech event in Texas,  called the Dutch legislation “weak.”

The Muslim lobby in America seems to have such a stranglehold on our politicians, that no such legislation is in the works here. But it is more than just a security issue, it is also a women’s rights issue.

Would a total ban drive the Muslim women away from the public entirely, holding them virtual hostage in the home? It all boils down to the draconian practice of them having to wear the veils in the first place.

Security

The niqab and burqa (also known as burka), are veils which cover the woman’s face. The niqab leaves the eye area open, and the burqa covers the entire face. They are worn over a long dress (abaya) and hide the facial features – and bodies – of women. They also can hide bombs, knives, and any other dangerous weapon.

Recently my husband was at a market in a college town in north central Idaho. At that market were several women wearing a full burqa. What does that mean? It may mean that there are Muslims within that community that are NOT “moderate” and are likely extremely radical.

In a college town that purports itself to be “liberal” and for “women’s rights” there are Muslims who demand that their women wear these archaic items of clothing. Other times when I have been in that town Muslim couples were normally dressed and either a hijab (just the head scarf) or nothing at all on the women’s heads…the American way. The flip to burkas is concerning.

Women’s Rights

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Where are the Women’s Rights Activists ? Why haven’t they spoken out against these full body coverings? Why haven’t they spoken out against the slaughter of women, the sex trafficking, the beatings, the rape, the treatment of Muslim women as property? Are they cowards, or are they being pressured?

Those women who adhere to the strictest forms of Islam often feel that they are just fine, that beatings and violence are part of their normal every living. Even those in America have no concept of what it means to be “free.”

Repressive…archaic…subjugation of women. Muslims aren’t doing it because they want their women to be free of personal attacks, it’s just the opposite. Women are harshly punished for any violation or even perceived violations.

What do you think?

 

 

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