Spain Considers Burqa Ban; 67% Of Brits Would Approve Of Ban In England

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According to the Associated Press, Spain is set to debate a possible burqa ban, with the debate being led by the likes of Justice Minister Francisco Caamano, who claims that burqas are "hardly compatible with human dignity."


Spain is not the only country currently debating a possible ban on burqas: earlier this month, the French Assembly passed a ban of their own, which is set to go up for final debate by the Senate this September, Australian senator Cory Bernardi has called for a debate on the issue, calling the burqa "the most public symbol of fundamentalist Islam," and according to a recent survey published in the Times of India, "two-thirds of the British public would like to see their government follow suit," though UK immigration minister Damien Green has already come out against such a ban, stating, "Telling people what they can and can't wear, if they're just walking down the street, is a rather un-British thing to do."

Lib Senator Calls For Burqa Ban [Sydney Morning Herald]
UK Immigration Minister Damien Green Rules Out Burqa Ban [Herald Sun]
Spain To Consider Banning Burqas In Public [AP]
67% Of Britons Want Burqa Ban [Times Of India]
Earlier: French Assembly Passes Burqa Ban



You know that the best sign is that this is not in any way being done in the name of protecting women and their freedom? If a burqa ban were passed, how would that actually affect those women who wear it because they're forced to, not by choice? The person forcing them to wear it is unlikely to go "well OK then I changed my mind, the government doesn't like burqas so you are now free to go to the store in jeans and a tshirt if you feel like it". The actual likely result is that those women's freedom of movement will be restricted even more than it already is. The kind of people who make laws have staff who are presumably able to advise them of this fact. Particularly in the UK, I really doubt that anyone in government is not aware of this fact.

But apparently they don't care. So it's not about protecting women or the freedom of women at all, and it's disengenuous to claim that it is.