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Saturday July 17, 2010 Islam:
A British lawmaker is refusing to meet female Muslim constituents who wear face-covering veils and has proposed a law banning the practice altogether, he said on Saturday.
The MP, Philip Hollobone, says “God gave us faces to be expressive. It is not just the words we utter but whether we are smiling, sad, angry or frustrated. You don’t get any of that if your face is covered.”
Wednesday May 19, 2010 Islam:
The French government decided Wednesday to impose a $185 fine on women who wear a full-face Islamic veil in public, pushing ahead with a controversial ban despite signs of tension between France’s Muslims and the Christian-tradition majority.
President Nicolas Sarkozy said his government was forwarding the legislation to parliament because it had a “moral responsibility” to uphold traditional European values in the face of an increasingly visible Muslim population, estimated at more than 5 million, the largest in Western Europe.
Wednesday May 12, 2010 Islam:
The French parliament unanimously approved a resolution that would declare the full facial veil known as a burqa
as an affront to French values, paving the way for a full-fledged ban on the garment worn by a small minority of French Muslim women.
If the bill becomes law, France would be the second country in Europe after Belgium to prohibit the wearing of the full veil in public.
Thursday May 6, 2010 Hate Groups • Islam:
Belgian authorities are analysing a video containing threats to attack the country and other European states if they enforce a ban on full face veils, government officials said on Thursday.
The video showed veiled women, some armed with guns, armed men and children carrying weapons and ammunition.
Wednesday May 5, 2010 Islam:
Italian police fined a woman $665 for wearing an Islamic face veil
, the first punishment of its kind in Italy but the latest in a wave of sanctions against the niqab in Europe.
Representatives of the Islamic community in Italy warned that the issue was a delicate one, but agreed that police in Novara were simply following the rules and said the issue was not a religious one.
Monday April 26, 2010 Islam • Polygamy:
A Muslim butcher who could be stripped of his French passport over allegations of polygamy
hit back on Monday, insisting that he had not broken the law.
Lies Hebbadj, an Algerian-born 35-year-old, has been at the centre of a political storm since last week when his wife complained that she had been fined for driving while wearing her “niqab” full-face veil
Saturday April 24, 2010 Islam:
The case of a French Muslim woman fined for driving while wearing a full-face veil — a garment the government wants to ban in public — raised a furore Friday over human rights and led a minister to challenge her husband’s status in France.
The Nantes incident took on another political dimension when France’s interior minister, Brice Hortefeux, wrote to ask his colleague Eric Besson in immigration to look into the woman’s husband, who he alleged may belong to a radical group and may be a polygamist with four wives and 12 children.
Thursday April 22, 2010 Islam:
Anxieties that visible signs of Islam erode national identity are combining with complaints that immigrants are stealing jobs amid the worst economic slump in decades to deepen a sense of unease in many European countries, small and large alike, over the role of Muslims in society. Threats
against cartoonists and artists
over depictions of the prophet Muhammad have also raised fears that Islam is not compatible with Western values of freedom of speech.
The latest round in the battle of the burqa kicks off Thursday in Belgium, which could become the first country in Europe to ban face coverings worn by observant Muslim women.
Lawmakers are considering a ban in all public places on niqabs, veils that cover the face, as well as burqas, which cover the face and everything else from head to toe.
Thursday April 1, 2010 Islam:
In a reflection of growing anxiety in Europe over the use of Islamic symbols, a committee of Belgian lawmakers voted Wednesday to ban the wearing of burqas
in public, paving the way for the first clampdown of its kind on the Continent.
The proposal, which will be put to the full Parliament after the Easter break, highlights the political sensitivity of Islamic dress for European politicians grappling with the challenges of integrating its expanding Muslim population.
Saturday January 17, 2009 Islam:
Australian Retailers Association executive director Richard Evans said the suggestion the Muslim face covering
was a security threat was distressing and outrageous.
“What these folks have done in Brisbane is to promote uncertainty and suspicion about everyone who wears a burqa
,” Mr Evans said. “It sends the wrong message to the whole community.”
Friday December 5, 2008 Islam:
Europe’s human rights court has thrown out a complaint by two French Muslim
girls who were expelled
from their school for refusing to remove their headscarves
during sports lessons.
France, which takes secularism in state schools very seriously, passed a law
in 2004 banning
pupils from wearing conspicuous signs of their religion at school after a decade of bitter debate about Muslim girls wearing headscarves in class.
Tuesday August 26, 2008 Islam:
Female travelers consider Egypt one of the worst countries in the world for harassment on the streets — second only to Afghanistan, where the Taliban forced all women behind the veil and into seclusion in their homes.
And it’s not just women’s perceptions. The United States and Britain both warn female visitors in travel advisories that they may face unwanted attention, or sexual attacks, in Egypt.
Wednesday May 14, 2008 Islam:
A lawyer representing a Muslim woman who sued a judge for dismissing her small-claims court case after she refused to remove her veil said he’s prepared to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
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