Spain planning burqa ban

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Spain planning burqa ban
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Sun, 06-20-2010 - 3:19pm

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100615/lf_afp/spainreligionislamwomen_20100615163007

"Spain planning burqa ban: government
Tue Jun 15, 12:30 pm ET

MADRID (AFP) – Spain's government plans to ban the use of the Islamic burqa in public places under a proposed new law on religious freedom, the justice minister said Tuesday.

"We believe that there are things like the burqa which are hard to reconcile with human dignity and which especially pose problems of identification in public places," Francisco Caamano told reporters.

The burqa is a body-covering Islamic garment worn by women.

The new law "will have to include measures on these symbols which impede identification in public places" for reasons of "security", Caamano said.

The Socialist government announced in 2008 it was preparing a "religious freedom" law which would ensure respect for religious pluralism, in a country which is overwhelmingly Roman Catholic.

The law would also ban the display of crucifixes in schools, the newspaper El Pais said Sunday.

His remarks came a day after the mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Hereu, announced it would be the first large city in Spain to ban the use of the full-face Islamic veil in public buildings.

Two other towns in the northeastern region of Catalonia, Lerida and El Venrell, have recently imposed bans on the use of the Islamic veil in public buildings.

Two more, Tarragona and Gerona, are considering similar measures, as is Coin in the southern region of Andalucia.

Immigration from Muslim countries has soared in Spain since the 1990s, with Catalonia in particular being home to a large community of Pakistani origin.

There are now about one million Muslims among Spain's population of 47 million.

Last month, lawmakers in Belgium approved a draft law to ban the wearing of the Muslim full-face veil in public places, including streets -- creating a controversial first for Europe, although it is still subject to a senate vote.

Debate is raging in France as well, where the cabinet has approved a draft law to ban the Muslim full-face veil from public spaces, opening the way for the text to go before parliament in July."



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Mon, 06-21-2010 - 10:45pm

I am becoming less inclined all the time to support the wearing of the niqab. Although I'm usually for multiculturalism, I feel extremely... squinchy not vigorously protesting an item which is used to oppress women all over the world. In fact, I feel that I am being complicit in the thousands of so-called "honour killings" that failing to wear this form of dress provokes.

For me, it is coming down to which is more important - religious freedom, or basic human rights. At the end of the day, it's no different from my support of homosexual marriage: I can't condone institutionalized discrimination on the basis of an inborn characteristic, religious ideals be damned.

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Fri, 06-25-2010 - 1:43pm
Sadly, I have to agree on this religious custom. Like many fundamentalist kinds of religious "practices" or "religious cultural" customs, they seem to always somehow subjugate women. (shaking head) I just can't support a supposed freedom that does that, blames women for being "too tempting" unless they cover up like they are somehow evil and are to blame for men not being able to be grownups and control their sexual drive. (eye roll) Also, the full coverup, with the burqa, usually goes along with the honor killing of women for some man's so-called "honor." Or, means isolation, lack of education, or hamstringing of free movement out in the world (without a male escort) and so forth. As though women must under all circumstances, be controlled because their power is to be feared. :O Comes right out of the dark ages and the views of women as evil, by the Catholic Church of that time period. This subjugation and blame on the female gender is not new and not from just one religion. It is insidious and I believe we have to be *very* careful that the exercise of so-called "religious freedom" does not of itself, takes us backward to the loss of self-determination, human & civil rights.



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