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    Denmark Government Announces Support for Burqa Ban

    Government coalition parties the Liberal (Venstre) and Liberal Alliance parties have both announced their support for a public ban on garments that mask the face.
    The announcements pave the way for the burqa and niqab to be outlawed in the Scandinavian country.

    The stance by Liberal Alliance represents a shift in the party’s official line on the issue, while Venstre, the senior party in the government, had waited before the announcement of an official line with opinion divided amongst its MPs, reports broadcaster DR.

    Venstre reached agreement on an official line during a party meeting on Friday morning, according to DR’s report.

    The party will now support moves to forbid the wearing of face-masking garments in public – in practice banning the two types of Islamic veil from public use.

    “We in the Liberal party will support a ban on masking that will be forthcoming. It is not a religiously defined ban on masking, but the burqa and niqab will obviously be covered by it,” political spokesperson Jakob Ellemann-Jessen said according to DR.

    Ellemann-Jessen conceded that the party had considered a number of issues in its discussion of the potential ban.

    “It was a balance between several considerations. There are two Liberal viewpoints. On one side, we should allow people to wear what they want. On the other side, an open liberal society needs people to be able to look each other in the eye and meet face-to-face. These two things clash, and that’s why we’re having this discussion,” he continued.

    Ellemann-Jessen also stressed that the party was now united behind the potential ban, despite prominent figures, such as deputy leader Kristian Jensen and Minister of Higher Education and Science Søren Pind, previously saying they were against it.

    Liberal Alliance, which was also previously against the proposal, has followed Venstre in pronouncing its support.

    ““Everyone agrees that the burqa is an expression of extreme oppression of women,” party leader Anders Samuelsen wrote in a Facebook post.

    “Now there is a majority in parliament that thinks the burka/veiling should be fought… So if a ban like this is possible in practice without harming ourselves or our own values, then yes, LA will vote for it,” Samuelsen continued.

    The two parties join fellow conservative parties the Conservatives and the Danish People’s Party (DF) in support the ban, thereby securing a parliamentary majority.

    The latter party started the latest round of discussion of the issue in Denmark when it announced in July that it would forward a proposal for a ban in the new parliamentary session.

    Since then, the European Court of Human Rights upheld a Belgian ban in the face-covering niqab, strengthening the prospects for a Danish ban.

    The actual number of people who wear either the burqa or niqab in Denmark is not known precisely.

    The most recent figures come from 2010, when a government report estimated the number to be between 150 and 200 women, with the majority of these wearing the niqab, rather than the burqa.

    Niqabs have a slit through which the wearer’s eyes can be seen, while burqas cover the face entirely, with the wearer seeing through a mesh in the material.
    https://www.thelocal.dk/20171006/den...-for-burqa-ban

    Less than a quarter of Danes oppose a ban on the burqa and niqab, according to a new survey.
    A majority of the population support banning the two types of Islamic veil in public, according to an opinion poll carried out by Epinion on behalf of broadcaster DR.

    According to the poll, 62 percent said they support a full ban on wearing the burqa and niqab in public, while 23 percent said the veils should continue to be allowed.

    12 percent responded ‘do not know’ while three percent declined to answer the question.

    Last week, a Danish model agency announced it had hired the country’s first hijab-wearing model.

    But discussion of a potential ban against the face-covering burqa resurfaces regularly in Danish political debate, and the autumn 2017 parliamentary session looks set to be no exception.

    The populist Danish People’s Party (DF) is set to propose a potential ban on the burqa and niqab when parliament opens – the fourth time the party has taken such a step, reports DR.

    DF immigration spokesperson Martin Henriksen told broadcaster DR that he saw the result of the poll as sign of support for his party’s position.

    “It is very positive. It show the debate is moving forwards and means the other parties at [Danish parliament, ed.] Christiansborg are also catching on. At least, I hope they are,” Henriksen said.

    Critics of the ban say that a ban would only serve to further isolate from Danish society women who currently wear the two types of veil.

    A ban on the burqa, while previously rejected in Denmark as being in breach of the country’s constitution, may nevertheless have become more viable since European Court rulings in cases in France and Belgium.

    Amongst Denmark’s other conservatives parties, the official position on the issue varies. The Liberal Alliance party is against a ban, the Conservatives support it, while senior coalition government party the Liberal (Venstre) party remains undecided, with some of its MPs in support of and others against the ban, reports DR.

    The opposition Social Democrat party leader Mette Frederiksen has previously said that she was prepared to “discuss” a potential ban on the burqa and niqab.

    Social Democrat MP Mattias Tesfaye, a member of parliament’s immigration committee (Udlændinge- og Integrationsudvalget), told DR that he was not surprised by the result of the poll.

    “I am provoked myself when I see a woman in a burqa. Not so much by the woman, but by what it stands for. I actually perceive it as a form of prison,” Tesfaye said.

    The MP added that his party “had not clarified its position in regard to whether it supports a general ban”.

    The actual number of people who wear either the burqa or niqab in Denmark is not known precisely, according to DR’s report.

    The most recent figures come from 2010, when a government report estimated the number to be between 150 and 200 women, with the majority of these wearing the niqab, rather than the burqa. Niqabs have a slit through which the wearer’s eyes can be seen, while burqas cover the face entirely, with the wearer seeing through a mesh in the material.
    https://www.thelocal.dk/20170929/maj...n-burqa-survey

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    I agree that Denmark should ban the burqa (isn't it also spelled burka?) and niqab.

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    Muslim women & supporters protest as Denmark burqa ban comes into effect

    Hundreds have rallied in Copenhagen as a new ban on the wearing of face veils in public came into effect in Denmark. The Danish government is taking a more conservative position on immigration and integration.

    The ‘burqa ban’ came into effect on Wednesday, after being enacted by the Danish parliament in May. The law was brought forward by Denmark’s ruling center-right coalition, and passed with a 75-30 vote.

    Under the ban, the wearing of the niqab face veil and the burqa, a full-body cover, is outlawed. Those who break the law risk a 1,000 kroner (€135) fine, with repeat offenders liable for a 10,000 kroner (€1,340) fine or jail time.

    Protesters began marching against the ban at 5pm local time on Wednesday, heading from Copenhagen’s Norrebro district to Bellahoj police station on the outskirts of the capital. Children, Muslim women not wearing the niqab and non-Muslim Danes with their faces covered have joined the march.

    The demonstration aimed “to send a signal to the government that we will not bow to discrimination and a law that specifically targets a religious minority,” 21-year-old protester named Sabina told Reuters. Sabina is one of about 200 Muslim women – 0.1 percent of the population – in Denmark who wear a veil or full body cover on a daily basis. Copenhagen is home to over 50,000 Muslims.

    Activists have called the ban discriminatory. Marcus Knuth, member of parliament from the ruling Venstre party called the burqa “strongly oppressive.” Denmark now joins France, Belgium, and Austria in banning the wearing of the burqa in public.

    Knuth’s party has presided over a shift to the right in Danish politics recently, in reaction to the European refugee crisis. Knuth has described refugees as a “burden” on Danish society, and called for their immediate deportation once their home countries are deemed safe to return to. In March, immigration minister Inger Støjberg marked the passing of her 50th anti-immigration measure by celebrating with a cake decorated with fruit, the Danish flag, and the number ‘50.’ Among Støjberg’s 50 regulations is one requiring newly arrived asylum-seekers to hand over their valuables and jewelry to help pay for their stay in Denmark, and a separate law imposing identity checks along the border with Germany.

    The government has also targeted settled immigrants, who it says often live in “parallel societies.” In July, as part of a series of measures aimed at eradicating immigrant ghettos, the government announced tougher criminal penalties, lower benefits, and mandatory integration classes for those living in ghettos.

    The latest law has divided public, with some praising the 'burqa ban' on social media and others calling it a populist and discriminatory move.

    Asylum applications in Denmark have dropped by 84 percent between 2015 and 2018. The country is home to some 500,000 non-western immigrants, mostly hailing from Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, and Somalia.


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    Denmark: First Woman Fined for Wearing Islamic Face Veil in Public

    HELSINKI (AP) — A 28-year-old woman wearing a face veil has become the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new law banning such garments in public places.

    Danish news agency Ritzau reported that police were called to a shopping center in Horsholm, a city of some 46,000 inhabitants close to Copenhagen, on Friday to confront a woman wearing a niqab garment covering her face.
    The woman was slapped with a fine of 1,000 Danish kroner ($156) and requested to either remove the veil or leave the premises. She opted to leave.

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    Danes do not wish to follow Sweden's racial suicide.

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    So that's ONE fine in the first week then ... I'm not getting too excited about this just yet!

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    Wealthy French-Algerian businessman to pay all Danish burqa fines

    The news went around the world last week when a 29-year-old woman became the first person to be charged and fined in Denmark two days after the contentious ‘Burqa Law’ came into effect last Wednesday.

    However, it looks as if the woman, who was stopped by police after wearing a niqab in Hørsholm, won’t need to worry about the 1,000 kroner fine after all. The wealthy French-Algerian businessman Rachid Nekkaz has announced he will pay all ‘burqa fines’ accrued in Denmark.

    [ … ]

    Nekkaz, 46, has already been helping to pay fines for similar offences for a number of years in countries such as Belgium, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France and Germany. Earlier this year, he said he had paid 1,538 fines so far.

    “I don’t have any limit on how many fines I will pay. There are no limits on freedom,” he said.


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    Polish Lawmaker Backs Burqa Ban, No Saudi Mosques in Europe Until Poland Can Build Cathedral in Saudi Arabia

    Polish lawmaker Dominik Tarczyński has waded into the European burqa debate, saying it should be banned partly for security reasons, and partly to make it clear to Islamic radicals that they cannot demand more rights in Europe than Europeans have in Saudi Arabia.


    Mr Tarczyński, a member of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice Party, made waves in Britain after clashing with Channel 4's left-liberal journalist Cathy Newman over illegal immigration.


    Speaking exclusively to Breitbart London shortly after ex-foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s run-in with the establishment over his criticism of the burqa, the Polish law graduate insisted that Islamic face veils “should be banned in the same way the Christian cross is banned in Saudi Arabia”.


    He suggested the relationship between the West and the Islamic world was currently unbalanced, citing a mosque which Saudi Arabia’s theocratic regime wants to construct in the Polish capital of Warsaw as an example. “We’re happy to have it once they agree for Poland to build a cathedral in Saudi Arabia,” he said. “It’s very simple, either we are equal, we are partners, we are the same human beings — or they feel they are better than others,” he declared.

    He also said that the burqa — which has been used as a disguise by suicide bombers, child molesters, and armed robbers across the globe — should be banned for security reasons, “as it already is in many European countries”.

    Mr Tarczyński pointed out that ordinary people often face restrictions on whether they can cover their faces — balaclavas, crash helmets, and masks are prohibited in a number of public areas in Britain, for example — and that it was wrong for religious fundamentalists to expect “more rights” than others. “If you don’t like Christian Europe, go to Saudi Arabia, and deal with those who treat you in the way you expect,” he stated bluntly. “We are equal as human beings; if you are expecting more from European Christians than European Christians can expect [in the Islamic world] — well, you have no right to expect more, basically. We are equal, if you are not happy with Europe, go to the Arab countries and stay there.”

    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, and Denmark, which have already passed face veil bans, all have far larger Muslim populations than Poland, which hosts only a small number of recent arrivals and a long-established Lipka Tatar community — described by Tarczyński as well-integrated, well-tolerated, and very much welcome.


    The burqa has, therefore, been a relatively low priority issue in Poland — but the fact that the country is part of the European Union’s Schengen area, described by former Interpol chief Robert Noble as “effectively an international passport-free zone for terrorists”, and shares a long border with Germany, which hosts many thousands of Islamic radicals — means the Polish lawmaker is still “very concerned”.


    “In Germany and Sweden and many other countries this process, this demand to allow burqas, starts with words like ‘democracy’ and ‘freedom of religion’ and all these beautiful words which have nothing to do with reality… and ends up with suicide attacks,” he warned. “We have to take lessons from the nations which are facing huge consequences… [the burqa] has nothing to do with the way we live, it has nothing to do with our identity… [Islamic radicals] use these rights to kill Europeans. It’s as simple as that,” he added.

    “Poland should learn from Belgium, France, Germany, and other countries — we cannot copy their mistakes.”

    Polish Lawmaker to Cathy Newman: 'We Won't Take Even One Muslim Illegal Migrant'


    Breitbart, 28 08 2018.


    Well said. We have no politicians, like these from the former communist countries, because ours are all bribed and corrupt global marxists.

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    No Saudi Mosques in Europe Until Poland Can Build Cathedral in Saudi Arabia


    I like this suggestion but there hasn't even been a cathedral built in Europe for over half a century!

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