Stigmatising Dress Codes.
Sadly, I haven’t got time to do a long post on this topic.
According to the BBC, the lower house in Belgium’s parliament has passed a provisional piece of legislation on the banning of the Burka and Niqab.
This is a very bad proposal, which I believe will have to go through the upper house and finally be ratified by the Belgian King, before becoming law
Ages ago I detailed my opposition to this type of proposal in a post at the Z-word blog.
I suspect that the law of unintended consequences will come into this, it will probably blow up, literally, and its political ramifications felt widely across the globe.
What a terrible mistake.
Although I haven’t seen the voting figures it wouldn’t surprise me if the Flemish Far Right had a hand in this too.
Update 1: From the above BBC link,
“Only around 30 women wear this kind of veil in Belgium, out of a Muslim population of around half a million.”
30 women and a whole law against them, not a good idea.