A few days ago the lapsed-Nazi Pope told Muslims that they should not covet their faces in public in Italy. To be fair to him, this has already been illegal in Italy since the days of the Red Brigades, but until now, not for Muslims. The next veil we need to ban is the veil of intimidation the Catholic Church has used in the past to silence the victims and families of Christopaedophilia.
It used to be an offence in this country to go around in public with the face covered or otherwise disguised. It was brought in because of the spate of highway robberies and was known as the notorious 'Black Act'.
Unfortunately it led to some pretty severe miscarriages of justice such as miners going home with dirty faces ending up being hanged for their trouble. :|
The problem with this Dutch law is that by targetting the burka it is targetting a particular religious group which will be illegal under the damned Human Rights Act.
Far better would be to bring in a law similar to the 'Black Act' but with adequate built in protections for reasonable excuses.
Motorcycle helmets/hoodies anyone?
PS - What the hell is Christopaedophilia? :? I am unaware of any officially sanctioned sexual contact with children by the Christian churches. Even though Mary was about fourteen when she had Jesus.
The cross does not hide your features.
The Niqab is not a requirement of the Muslim faith. Motorcyclists (male or female) have to remove their helmets in many public buildings as do hoodie wearers. Time for the rules to be brought up to date.
And while were at it, why shouldn't sikhs wear crash helmets? After all there are plenty of females with long hair and they are not excused.