France lawmakers approve ban on full veil
France’s National Assembly on Tuesday backed by a crushing majority a bill banning the wearing of the full face veil in public spaces, a garment which politicians across the political spectrum regard as a symbol of religious extremism.
FT.com / Europe - French lawmakers approve ban on full veil
The FT goes on to report that Belgium and Spain are taking similar moves.
See also: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...reaking45.html
I personally welcome this ban. I agree with the analysis that it is essentially an oppressive tool against women, and that it impinges directly on human dignity as understood by our (western) culture. I hope we consider taking similar steps here in Ireland. From never having seen one here before, in recent months I've noticed an almost ostentatious proliferation of women in full veil in Dublin city. I hope we have the courage to lay down our own marker to those of our Muslim guests who insist on this practice.
EDIT (October 2012): This is a pretty long thread, but for anyone who's interested in specific detail and pretty focussed discusssion:
- I restate my position at posts 514 (http://www.politics.ie/forum/current...ml#post2854772) and 696 (http://www.politics.ie/forum/current...ml#post2890339)
- I commence an analysis of the French Assembly report on the full veil at post 751 (http://www.politics.ie/forum/current...ml#post2956637) concluding with post no. 792 (http://www.politics.ie/forum/current...l-veil-20.html)
- Sondagefaux introduced a discussion of ECHR aspects at post 457 (http://www.politics.ie/forum/current...ml#post2852502)