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Italy Approves Draft Bill to Ban Burqas

Italy Approves Draft Bill to Ban Burqas

 

Italy may be on its way to joining France and Belgium in banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public.  A parliamentary commission just passed a draft law which would prohibit Muslim women from wearing the burqa, niqab or any other face-covering headwear, expanding older security legislation designed to keep people from wearing masks in public.  The bill, which has the support of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s coalition, will go to a parliamentary vote after the summer recess.

If passed, the bill would fine any woman caught in violation of the law somewhere between $200 – $425, with much heavier penalties for those who forced women to veil.  This is similar to the French burqa ban, which went into effect earlier this year to much protest from the Muslim community.  As in other parts of Europe, very few Muslim women choose to veil, and many see the legislation, not as an act of support for oppressed women, but a symbol of European antagonism toward visible displays of Muslim piety.  Another often-cited example is a 2009 Swiss referendum which banned the construction of minarets.

As usual, politicians supporting the draft took a high moral rhetoric, saying that they were saving Muslim women from “submission.”  But it’s highly ironic for the party of Berlusconi, a leader so notoriously sexist that Italian women took to the streets last February to protest his misogyny, to suddenly take up a women’s rights stance.  It shows just how transparent these bans can be, when right-wing conservatives become deeply concerned with Muslim women’s freedom.

“This topic continues to be a sort of criminalization and media dramatiztion. In Italy there aren’t even 100 women who wear the niqab and not even one who wears the burqa,” explained Roberto Hamza Piccard, spokesman for the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy.  He added that the only likely outcome of the law would be to isolate devout Muslim women in their homes.

The Parliament is expected to vote on the draft in September.  We’ll keep you posted as the process evolves.

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7:14PM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

This is great news! I am always uneasy when I see an Arab woman with any type of head covering. This is America. They should dress the way we dress here and not attract attention. There was one time where Mom and Dad and I were in Orlando and we were at one of the malls there and it was over run with Arab people and one woman had a full length burka on. I really wanted to rip it off of her and put her in some proper American clothes, but I had to restrain myself.

1:32AM PDT on May 22, 2012

@ Diana D who wrote: "IN MY OPINION:
Wow!!! why can't everyone just mind their own business. Does it bother you when people wear things that you don't like or don't wear? Maybe you are afraid of them or what they believe in? Most of what the majority of people here are saying is gossip and word of mouth. I don't believe that the majority of you have read anything to learn the real truth."

No, we've done our research ... obviously you haven't and need an education. Below is a link to a YouTube video, with an islamist speaking very clearly on what the goal of islam is for the world. He's just one imam -- and he tells the truth, rather than using Taqqiya to mislead the infidels!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dN6CHtGGo4g&list=LL-CTnAEnBLiMUB_QZIDlPtA&feature=mh_lolz

Furthermore, it IS our business, when that attire can be used to hide an assailant whose intention it is to blow him (or her) self up, leaving carnage behind! It IS our business when those who FORCE this attire, call women in normal street clothes "Whores" and "Meat", to which they can help themselves.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOJubxHYt4Q

8:29AM PDT on Sep 3, 2011

Why didn't Spain THINK before allowing so many people into their country with strongly differing cultural values, before finding out whether they would isolate themselves and perpetuate into a group large enough to create political conflict, or whether they would integrate with the Spanish culture in a positive way?

Or maybe the people influencing this decision had an ulterior agenda for unrest......

3:32PM PDT on Sep 2, 2011

The burka has been rendered useless by some fine upstanding Egyptian men. A group of them kidnapped a burka-wearing woman who was doing her Ramadan shopping in the local market. Then they gang raped her for 18-24 hours.

If wearing a bag over your entire person doesn't keep you from getting gang-raped, then nothing will save you from the lustful pigs who want to rape you. So you might as well not wear it and be comfortable and free.

Mohammedan men are the problem. They evidently have a hair-trigger lewdness issue if they can't see the briefest flash of eyeball without getting a hard on. And then they have the temerity to call westerners immoral?

2:27PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

Diana D. It does bother me to see women covered from foot to face in some black cloth. I don't even like to see nuns! Example, you work in a bank and enters a burkha covered individual. If I were you I would push the alarm button so hard it would break and then take cover. There are no way in h**l to tell who's behind that cloth. And it's a wellknown fact that male suicide bombers have used the burkha and niqab as cover for their dirty deeds. And don't give me that cwap about: "It wouldn't happen here." Islamic terror in Europe: London, Madrid, Stockholm. In USA: Remember September 11, 2001. Sooner or later someone will cover their bodies and walk into an airport and blow themselves and so many others to atoms. Wanna be among the casualties, Diana D.? Besides, I find it repulsive that women have to cover their bodies because some man told them to do so. The burkhas/niqabs are just the visual oppression of females in the islamic culture. You go read up on the others, Diana D.!

2:17PM PDT on Aug 21, 2011

"In Italy there aren’t even 100 women who wear the niqab and not even one who wears the burqa,” explained Roberto Hamza Piccard, spokesman for the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy."

That means that Italy is the only country in the world where there are no burkha covered women... Yeah, right.

I still don't get why liberals/left wings support and strongly fights for women's right to cover their bodies! It is so far from my views as a feminist I can't comprehend it! Why on earth would anyone, let alone a feminist, approve of such a drastic measure to control women? I stand with Italy, France, Belgium and Quebec on this issue and dream that other countries wake up and do the same. Hopefully before it's too late!

2:40PM PDT on Aug 17, 2011

IN MY OPINION:
Wow!!! why can't everyone just mind their own business. Does it bother you when people wear things that you don't like or don't wear? Maybe you are afraid of them or what they believe in? Most of what the majority of people here are saying is gossip and word of mouth. I don't believe that the majority of you have read anything to learn the real truth. You read newspapers and magazines articles, believing in them solely without looking further and trying to educate yourself on the subject before you speak. This is typical and so sad...

7:48PM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

And as we see in Londonistan, once they get entrenched, next they will tell non-Muslims what they can and can't do.

The signs are there to see. They are plastering the areas they want to create independent Islamic territories in, that were once British soil. I hope you don't want to:

- watch sports (idolatry)

- drink wine, beer or any alcohol (no, not even a sip, but since you can't watch the game anyway, you don't really need that beer during the game anymore)

- occasionally smoke that little bit of weed (Islam is not 420 friendly)

- be seen in public with members of the opposite sex (no need to date when marriages are arranged, but kiss your opposite sex friends goodbye while you still can without getting arrested by the morality police)

- be gay or lesbian (you lot are SOL, because you'll be dead)

- listen to music (too bad you have all that music on your ipod, but it is haram to listen to music at all, so you wasted your money buying it)

- eat during ramadan (no, I'm not making it up, google it and see how many non-Mohammedans have been arrested for it)

First it's letting them have special rules that no other religion gets, and next it will be imposing those special rules on YOU. It's happening in Eurabia now. We're next.

11:46AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

interesting

7:33AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011

As I have said sooo many times if you want to see what the muslims can do with an area look at Lebanon and see how they took the Paris of the middle east and turned it into a hovel...I am glad the European countries are seeing what is happening and putting an end ot it..if they are smart they will put an end to their immigration period and take back their streets and their cities from the plague that could not win in the middle ages thru war but plans on winning by breeding and taking over politically now

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