Thursday, June 22, 2006

The City of Oslo has received clearance from the Directorate for Primary and Secondary Education to forbid veils such as the Muslim niqab

Jonathan Tisdall:

City Council leader Erling Lae will introduce a ban on this type of veil because he believes it makes it difficult for teachers when they cannot see their students' faces, NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting) reports.

Fakhara Salimi, head of the MiRA Resource Center for immigrant and refugee women, did not welcome the news.

"Banning something that impinges on an individual's freedom is never good. Adult women over 16 should be able to choose for themselves," Salimi told Aftenposten's evening edition. She felt that seeing the eyes was sufficient for daily school communication.

Although the ruling means that other municipalities in Norway can also introduce a ban on garments that veil everything but the eyes, this would only apply to the Muslim niqab, and not the scarf-like hijab.

"We are not forbidding religious garments. One must distinguish between the religious hijab and the completely covering niqab. The latter makes it impossible to have good communication between teacher and student, and between students as well," said Torger Ƙdegaard, city councilor for schools and education.

Teachers agree that education is more difficult when they cannot see facial expressions or the mouths of a student.

Norway becomes the third European country, after Sweden and France, to forbid the use of the niqab in schools.

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At 10:24 PM, Blogger Greg said...

How can you take any religion/culture seriously when they treat their women like dogs. You want to live in the civilised West? Then conform to our standards.

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Ahrimahn said...

You want to live in the civilised West? Then conform to our standards.

Unfortunately, to the PC crowd, that would be an "intolerant" attitude. To those who believe in multiculturalism, immigrants should be able to do what they want no matter how destructive and backward their actions may be.


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