Shouldn’t the burka (burqa) be banned in every Western country under all circumstances?
Imagine the howls of protest if Donald Trump were to propose what Germany’s interior minister is proposing:
Excerpt from Yahoo.com
Berlin (AFP) – German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere came out Friday in favour of a partial burqa ban amid a fierce national debate on integration.
“We agree that we reject the burqa, we agree that we want to introduce a legal requirement to show one’s face in places where it is necessary for our society’s coexistence — at the wheel, at public offices, at the registry office, in schools and universities, in the civil service, in court,” he said after a meeting with regional counterparts from his conservative party.
De Maiziere told public television that the full face veil “does not belong in our cosmopolitan country”.
“We want to show our faces to each other and that is why we agree that we reject this — the question is how we put this into law,” he said.
De Maiziere indicated that outlawing the burqa only under certain circumstances — as opposed the blanket ban favoured by the hard right of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Union bloc — would be “likely to win approval” in parliament.
Merkel’s right-left “grand coalition” holds an overwhelming majority in the Bundestag lower house.
De Maiziere’s position represents a compromise with hardliners ahead of two key state elections next month in which the right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party looks set to make strong gains.