Niquab or Burqa Controversies

Conservative German State Bans Burqas for Civil Servants

February 2, 2011

Author: Erik Kirschbaum

Source: Reuters FaithWorld

http://blogs.reuters.com/faithworld/2011/02/02/conservative-german-state-bans-burqas-for-civil-servants/

Hesse, a state run by Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, on Wednesday became the first German region to ban Muslim face veils for public sector workers.

 

Hesse Interior Minister Boris Rhein announced it...

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Angst About Islamist Groups Goes Mainstream In Germany

January 9, 2011

Author: Kirsten Grieshaber

Source: The Washington Post

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/08/AR2011010800335.html

The 200 robed and bearded men gathered at dusk on the market square, rolled out their prayer rugs and intoned Allah's praises as dismayed townspeople looked on.

 

It was Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month, and...

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Dutch May Introduce Burqa Ban as Early as 2011

December 16, 2010

Author: Sara Webb

Source: Reuters

http://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKTRE6BF45W20101216

The Netherlands could ban the burqa, the full-body covering worn by some Muslim women, as soon as next year, Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders told Reuters in an interview Thursday.

 

Wilders' populist Freedom Party is the third largest in parliament and provides crucial support to the minority ruling coalition in exchange for the...

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Orthodox Jews Urge Quebec to Abandon Proposed Niqab Ban

October 20, 2010

Author: Rheal Seguin

Source: The Globe and Mail

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/orthodox-jews-urge-quebec-to-abandon-proposed-niqab-ban/article1766182/

Quebec's Orthodox Jewish community appeared for the first time on Wednesday before a National Assembly committee, taking up an unexpected cause - fighting a bill that would ban the wearing of the Muslim niqab when...

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French Burqa Ban Clears Last Legal Obstacle

October 7, 2010

Author: Staff Writer

Source: CNN

http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/europe/10/07/france.burqa.ban/index.html?hpt=T2

France's law banning the burqa and other Islamic face coverings in public places is legal, top constitutional authorities in France ruled Thursday, clearing the final hurdle before the ban goes into effect.

The ban passed both houses of the French legislature by overwhelming margins earlier this year, and...

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What Not to Wear: Outlawing the Face Veil

October 4, 2010

Author: Zehra Rizavi

Source: The Washington Post

http://onfaith.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/altmuslimah/2010/10/what_not_to_wear_outlawing_the_face_veil.html

Two weeks ago the French Senate passed a piece of legislation 246 votes to one to outlaw the face veil worn by a small number of the country's Muslim women, with President Nicolas Sarkozy stating, in no uncertain terms, that the face veil...

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