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Widespread Support for Banning Full Islamic Veil in Western Europe; Most Americans Disapprove

Burqa On July 13, members of the lower house of the French parliament are expected to vote on a bill that would make it illegal for Muslim women to wear full veils — those that cover all of the face except the eyes — in public places.

Majorities in Germany (71%), Britain (62%) and Spain (59%) would also support a similar ban in their own countries. In contrast, most Americans would oppose such a measure; 65% say they would disapprove of a ban on Muslim women wearing full veils in public places compared with 28% who say they would approve.

Iranian extremist Muslim clerics lash out on veiling

Iran’s hard-line Muslim clerics are determined to reverse the trend of what they regard as “badly veiled women” — those who wear looser, less strict head scarves and tight overcoats. These Muslim extremists believe they are holding up “the law of God, which is above human rights.” Small wonder that many western countries are taking steps to curb similar expressions of Muslim extremism.

Spain planning burqa ban: government

Islamic face veils 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.

Barcelona plans Islamic veil ban

Islamic face veils Barcelona plans to be the first large city in Spain to ban the use of the full-face Islamic veil in public buildings, its mayor announced Monday.

Jordi Hereu said he will sign a decree which will apply in all public spaces such as the city hall and municipal covered markets and creches.

Panel to favor partial ban on full veil in France

Niqab PARIS — A parliamentary panel will recommend on Tuesday that France ban face-covering Muslim veils in public locations such as hospitals and schools, but not in private buildings or on the street, the group’s president said.

The decision appeared to indicate that the 32-member, multiparty panel had heeded warnings that a full ban of the all-encompassing veils would be unfair, possibly unconstitutional, and could even cause trouble in a country where Islam is the second largest religion.

A 2004 law already bans Muslim headscarves in classrooms.

After robbery, Muslim-owned shop bans customers wearing veil

Niqab A Muslim-owned jewellery shop has decided to ban customers wearing veils after being targeted by robbers disguised as Islamic women.

The family said they accepted the policy may offend some Muslims, but expect other businesses to take a similar approach.

Criminals wearing Islamic veils have carried out at least one other robbery in the city.