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UKIP’s Lisa Duffy wants burqas banned in public places

UKIP’s Lisa Duffy wants burqas banned in public places

The party’s leadership hopeful today said she wants the Muslim veil banned in public buildings, shopping centres and on buses and trains.  Duffy has demanded

Duffy, according to the Telegraph, also wants Islamic faith schools to be shut down in a bid to tackle radicalisation, as well as a “complete and comprehensive ban” on sharia courts in the UK.

In a speech in London, Duffy said her proposals are designed to foster integration, arguing that:

Muslims who were born in this country … are as British as I am and I simply want them to feel as British as I do.

The former Ukip director, who is backed by Suzanne Evans, the former Ukip spokeswoman,  is expected to say she wants to “set out a path of opportunity” for young Muslim women.

Why should I, as a white, Christian woman, effectively enjoy greater civil and human rights and freedoms than others?

The Huntingdonshire district councillor described the veil as:

A symbol of aggressive separatism that can only foster extremism.

And she claimed that it is often:

Forced on women by men who view them as their property.

But a rival in the race to succeed Nigel Farage warned UKIP against focusing its efforts on issues like Islam, warning it risks being seen as “small-minded”.

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Launching his own leadership campaign in Manchester, UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, above, said:

I am proposing that as a party we focus on our policies, cementing libertarianism into our DNA. That means not focusing on small issues like Islam which makes us look small-minded – I’m not chasing the bigot vote.

While stopping short of a complete ban on the veil, Duffy said that under her leadership, UKIP would advocate a “show your face in public” policy.

On our public transport networks, in public buildings, banks, stores and shopping precincts –all those places where teenagers are told to take their hoodies down and where motorcyclists are expected to remove their helmets–it is only reasonable to expect everyone to show their faces.

Again, it is about making sure there is one law for all, rather than making an exception for a community because we are frightened of causing offence. There is no offence to be taken if all are treated equally.

Ms Duffy insists the rule should apply:

Just as much to the retinues accompanying Middle Eastern princes to London as it will to Muslim women living in Britain.

She added that it should not be regarded as Islamophobic for someone to politely request a woman to remove a veil in public.

I have a positive vision for British Islam where girls can grow up with equal rights to men and be given the rights of self-determination the rest of us take for granted.

She said said her leadership bid would be based on “common sense”, adding that her policy on Muslim state schools was:

A positive vision for modernising British Islam.

A Telegraph poll shows that 61 percent of readers agree that there should be “a total ban” of Islamic state schools in Britain.

9 responses to “UKIP’s Lisa Duffy wants burqas banned in public places”

  1. barriejohn says:

    Why should I, as a white, Christian woman, effectively enjoy greater civil and human rights and freedoms than others?

    How very public-spirited of her. But I had to reread that statement several times, because it’s not what she means, is it? What she really means is: “Why do I, as a white, Christian woman, have to concede rights to Muslims in Britain, which is MY country?” Most of us are obviously going to ask why ALL faith schools should not be shut down, as well as religious courts for those of other faiths than Islam (difficult if people willingly subject themselves to such jurisdiction in civil matters). And how does one legally define a “Muslim veil”? It would be a legal minefield; not that banning things is the answer anyway. This isn’t about “setting out a path of opportunity” for young Muslim women at all – it’s pure xenophobia, and even Nigel Farage can see how damaging such policies would be to the image of UKIP.

  2. Laura Roberts says:

    I’m all for eliminating the insidious sharia courts; they should never have been allowed in the first place. I’d love to see religious schools closed in favour of secular education, but things get thorny when we start talking about privately funded schools.

    Headwear is another matter, thornier still…

  3. Brummie says:

    I’m against any legal ban on face covering, but it should be treated the same as someone wearing a clown mask, i.e. legally refusing to converse or serve the wearer in banks, shops etc. Employment opportunities would also be severely limited. Ridicule would also have no legal penalties.

  4. Tony says:

    Sharia courts must be outlawed. No question. And if anyone objects they should be encouraged to go live in some flea ridden primitive sandpit theocracy where they can be fully embraced by the full weight of lynch mob justice without the all the advantages, protections, freedoms,safety nets, public services and advantages of living in the uk.

  5. L.Long says:

    Not much to figure out here. BEING FORCED to do anything is wrong! Sorry-Ass-Law of any religion is OK for the members to follow if they wish…ladies! Run AWAY!!!!
    To FORCE people to NOT wear or TO wear certain crap YOU like/dislike is WRONG! Piss OFF!!!!

  6. John the Drunkard says:

    There’s no winning here. Women who are forced into the veil will just as easily be forced into fighting for the ‘privilege’ of wearing it. And, of course some deluded souls may really want to.

    In the US, laws against public masking were part of the defeat of the original KKK in the 1870s. The motive and precedent might find some application around the current crushing trend toward universal (Wahhabi style) veiling…even among people who never did it in their homelands

  7. Great Satan says:

    Ban the burqah now – this sort of religious supremacism is unacceptable in any civilised democratic country.

  8. Paul says:

    As far as a veil or entire face covering is concerned in certain places – banks, court, school, shops – I must agree.
    Motorcycle helmets cannot be worn there. What is the difference with a full head or face covering veil ?

  9. andym says:

    She mentions libertarianism, but I would have said banning people from wearing what they want is its opposite.

    People should be free to ask people to remove any head-covering before they converse with them, without accusations of “racism.” I don’t think the burka should be banned, but I do think forcing someone to wear one against their will should be made a specific criminal offence. Some hope.