Brits overwhelmingly support banning the Islamic burqa, by a ratio of two to one. “The poll comes after a row in France over a woman who was forced to undress by armed police.”
That row became a media circus, with accusations about human rights violations. Meanwhile, the authenticity of the woman who all too readily shed her burkini covering was hardly questioned. We questioned her motives on Jihad Watch, as did another article in the UK Sun.
But the mainstream media flew into full “Islamophobia” mode. Amar Lasfar, rector at the Lille-Sud mosque and president of the Union of Islamic Organisations in France, said that Muslims were “being used as ‘scapegoats’ for Islamic State’s (ISIS) bloody attacks in France.” According to a Simon Wiesenthal Europe investigation, the true face of the Union of Islamic Organizations of France is one of “antisemitism, advocacy and financing of terrorism and the call to jihad.”
The deception of stealth jihadists knows no bounds.
The Brits’ opinion of the burqa is a step in the right direction — of standing up for democracy, resisting Sharia norms and defending human rights.
The burqa is not simply a religious garment, but a “visual Islamist symbol—one that is ostentatiously anti-secularist and misogynist.”
Pictured are women in niqabs, which are far more common in the West than actual burqas, and are often confused with them. When the British speak of banning the burqa, they almost certainly are referring primarily to the niqab, as well as to the burqa itself. “British public overwhelmingly support banning the Islamic burqa by two to one”, by Jon Stone, Independent UK, August 31, 2016:
The British public want to ban Muslim women from wearing the Islamic veil or burqa by an overwhelming margin of more than two-to-one, a poll has found.
Research by YouGov found a huge proportion of the public had no qualms about telling women what to wear, with 57 per cent in favour of a ban and just 25 per cent against.
18-24 year olds were the only age group to oppose a ban; all others were in favour, with the oldest 65+ group backing the prohibition by a startling 78 per cent to 12. All major political parties also had a plurality of voters in favour of a ban.
Ukip leadership candidate Lisa Duffy has called for a ban on the Islamic veil; Nigel Farage issued a similar call on 2010 but the party has spoken little on the issue in recent years.
The polling comes amid controversy over the banning of “burkini” modest swimwear on beaches in a number of French municipalities. A video emerged last week of armed French police forcing a woman to undress after she was spotted wearing the clothing.
A separate question asked by YouGov found that 46 per cent of people wanted to ban the burkini, while just 30 per cent opposed such a measure. The French ban has been declared illegal by the country’s courts.
A number of European countries have legislated to ban or restrict things associated with the Islamic faith. In 2009 the Swiss public voted in a referendum to ban the construction of Islamic mosques with minarets.
France has also banned full face coverings in 2010, on security grounds, a ban that also includes the burqa. France also separately bans headscarves that do not cover a person’s face in public schools, on secularist ground. The French prime minister Manuel Valls says he wants the ban extended to universities….