By KIM VUGA
AUGUST 1, 2019
The Netherlands has become the latest country in Europe to ban face-coverings in some public spaces.
While some may argue that the ban does not go far enough, it certainly is a good start for a country that has tried desperately for the last 13 years to ban the religious garment.
The Dutch Upper House of parliament passed the law which included banning face coverings, including burqas and niqabs, in public spaces such as schools, hospitals, public transport and government buildings.
The ban unfortunately does not apply to banning the face coverings in public out on the streets.
Those in favour of the law said it will improve safety by making people more identifiable.
It was well known Geert Wilders from Freedom Party who had initially campaigned for the ban some thirteen years ago.
Geert Wilders took to his twitter account praising the decision.
A city on the French Riviera, Cannes famous for its annual film festival, had imposed temporary bans on religious swimwear known as burkinis, a popular attire worn by many Muslim women in Australia. The ban of the burkini came about in the wake of the terror attacks in France.
However, the temporary bans on the burkini were eventually overturned in court.
Many consider the burqas a symbol of oppression of women yet, some argue the ban is a violation of religious freedom.
The Syrian Government banned the Islamic veil in July 2010.The crackdown was ordered by the secular government in Damascus amid fears of increasing Islamic extremism among young Muslim students. France, home to about five million Muslims, was the first European country to ban the public use of veils, both face-covering niqabs and full-body burqas, in 2011.
Authorities in the Netherlands are now required to tell people to show their faces. If someone refuses, they can be denied access to public areas, and face fines of up to €150 ($167).
An Islamic political party in Rotterdam said it will pay any penalties for anybody fined wearing the now prohibited Islamic headwear.
The ban in the Netherlands will also apply to full-face helmets and balaclavas.
Love Australia or Leave Party believe that Australia needs to ban the burka such ban would apply to the full body veil known as the Burka or Niqab. The Burka or Niqab is socially oppressive, divisive and a potential security risk to Australia.
The burka is a symbol of the oppression of women and will inhibit normal social interaction.
We believe it conflicts with the host customs and will only exacerbate social discontent and segregation.
We see the burka as a guise to introduce elements of Sharia law under the guise of religious freedom, such attempts should be opposed in our country.
The banning of the burka is aimed at “helping everyone to integrate”. Islamic full-face veil and any other clothing that obscures a person’s identity in a public place.
These new laws are also beneficial for social integration, road safety and deters extremism.
It should be illegal for anyone to cover their face with anything that obscures their identity - including the burka, balaclava and helmets - in a public place.
The banning of the burka in Australia is aimed at “helping everyone to integrate”.
Its time Australia does the same.
CHECK OUR POLICY ON BANNING THE BURKA IN AUSTRALIA: https://www.loveaustraliaorleave.com.au/combating-extremism