Dutch Education Minister says the burka, a head-to-toe covering worn by Muslim women, will be banned from Dutch education institutes.
* Jack the Straw tried that once in Olde England. Didn’t work. See what happened:
THE HAGUE — The burka, a head-to-toe covering worn by some Muslim women, will be banned from Dutch schools and universities, Education Minister Ronald Plasterk said Monday in a letter to parliament.Â
The minister is preparing a bill to outlaw the garb from mid-2009. He added that the rule will not only apply to pupils and teachers, but anyone entering the school or university premises.Â
Plasterk said the burka obstructs smooth communication, which is a major requirement for a proper education.Â
The burka, also known as a niqab in some traditions, is a wide dress covering not only the entire body, hair and neck, but also the face, leaving only a slit for the eyes.Â
All schools that receive government funding, including Muslim ones, will be obliged to enforce the ban, Plasterk said.Â
The news comes after Health Minister Ab Klink recently announced he is investigating the possibility of banning the burka from the healthcare industry.Â
The Dutch government is also preparing a new dress code that would see the burka and any other clothing covering the face banned from ministries.Â
The government is hoping that provincial and municipal authorities will follow this example.Â
A study conducted in 2007 said around 100 women in the Netherlands wear a burka on a regular basis.
[dpa / Expatica]Â
All rise for the judge
Amsterdam – All Dutch attorneys, including Muslims, should rise when a judge enters a court room, Dutch Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin told Dutch parliament on Tuesday. Hirsch Ballin said the Dutch Council for Jurisprudence felt that rising for a judge is “the common way to show respect for the court and legal authority.”Â
The minister was responding to a question posed by legislator Henk Kamp (Liberals), who inquired about a news report which said a Rotterdam court had made an agreement with a Muslim attorney that he could remain seated when a judge enters the courtroom.Â
Mohammed Enait, who was sworn in as an attorney last month, said his religion prohibited him from rising for other people. Enait has remained seated as the judge entered. (this is typical Muhammedan BS, of course. Muhammedans see themselves above infidel law and feel obliged to treat the kuffar with disdain and hatred. Google ‘Dhimmi, jiziyah,Andrew Bostom, Bat Ye’or)Â
Last week the Rotterdam court decided that although the behavioral code requires attorneys to rise when a judge enters the court, exceptions could be made “in extraordinary situations” such as that of Enait.Â
Hirsch Ballin told parliament that the Dutch Council for Jurisprudence would inform all involved parties of its position that no exceptions could be made.