A bit of anti-dhimmitude amid Lunatic Britain from Phil Woolas, the government’s “race and faith minister.” “Sack teacher in veil row, says minister,” by Thomas Wagner for AP, with thanks to A Girl Scout:
A British government minister has joined an increasingly bitter debate over the rights of Muslim women to wear face veils in Britain, telling a Sunday newspaper that a teaching assistant should be fired for insisting on wearing one in school.
The opposition Conservatives also joined the fray when a top party official accused Muslim leaders of encouraging a “voluntary apartheid” that could help spawn homegrown terrorism….
The Sunday Mirror newspaper quoted Phil Woolas, the government’s race and faith minister, as demanding Muslim teaching assistant Aishah Azmi be fired for refusing to remove her veil at work.
“She should be sacked. She has put herself in a position where she can’t do her job,” Woolas said.
Azmi refused to remove her black veil, which leaves only her eyes visible, in front of male colleagues. She was suspended from her job at the Headfield Church of England School in West Yorkshire, a northern area with a large Muslim population. Junior schools such as Headfield generally teach students at the ages of four to 11.
Azmi, 24, who has two children, said she was willing to remove her veil in class, as long as there were no adult males present.
She has taken her case to an industrial tribunal that is expected to make its decision in a few weeks.
“She is denying the right of children to a full education by insisting that she wears the veil. If she is saying that she won’t work with men, she is taking away the right of men to work in school,” Woolas was quoted as saying.
“There are limits in a liberal democracy. There are boundaries in a democracy and this is one of them. It’s a boundary we can’t cross.”