Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Merkel Calls For Burqa Ban In Germany

The Los Angeles Times reports that yesterday German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a ban in Germany on the burqa and niqab that fully cover the face of Muslim women who wear them.  In a policy speech to her party's congress, she said, "Here, we show our faces, so full veiling is not appropriate." She called for a ban to be enacted wherever it is legally possible, such as in courtrooms, public schools and universities, and at traffic stops and police checks. Focusing on the need for acceptance of German cultural norms, Merkel said:
Our law takes precedence over honor codes, tribal or family rules and over sharia law. That has to be spelled out clearly.