That, of course, makes him a “right-wing bigot” and an “Islamophobe” for the Muzz and their enlightened fellow travelers, the Red-Green subversives…..
THE Reverend Fred Nile has again called for a ban on the burqa, the head and body veil worn by some Muslim women, saying it oppresses women and could be used as a disguise by terrorists.
The Christian Democrats MP wants NSW to follow a growing number of European countries trying to ban women from wearing in public the burqa and the niqab, a veil with a narrow opening for the eyes.
Last night the government and the opposition allowed Mr Nile to explain his Full-face Coverings Prohibition Bill, which is modelled on legislation recently passed by the Belgian Parliament.
Any person wearing a face covering while in public would be liable to a $550 fine, while anyone who compelled another person to wear such a covering, such as a woman’s husband, father or religious leader, could be fined $1100.
A person’s religious or cultural belief would not be a reasonable excuse.
Neither Labor nor the Coalition has said which way it will vote when Parliament resumes at the end of August after the winter break.
The Premier, Kristina Keneally, said she did not support the legislation nor the principle of banning the burqa, however the issue has not yet been considered by the cabinet or caucus.
Mr Nile said concealment of a person’s face – male or female – for any purpose, including terrorism, anarchism or discrimination against women, should be banned.
”The wearing of the burqa is a form of oppression which has no place in the 21st century,” he said.
Last month, Belgian politicians approved a draft law to ban the wearing of the Muslim full-face veil in all public places, including streets, although it is still subject to a senate vote.
Debate is raging in France as well, where the cabinet has approved a draft law to ban the Muslim full-face veil from public spaces.
It will go before Parliament in July.
Several regions in Spain have also banned Muslim women from wearing the burqa in public buildings.