Finally, people in high places making some common sense decisions.
From a security standpoint the burqas and full-face islamic veils pose a serious threat. With that much clothing on a person, you can hide a whole arsenal in there.
Also, the inability to see one’s face means that suspects wanted for crime could easily hide in the open.
But now, those threats seem to no longer be an issue.
Belgium’s ban on burqas and other full-face Islamic veils has been upheld by the European Court of Human Rights.
Judges said the nationwide prohibition, which came into effect in 2011, did not violate the rights to private and family life and freedom of religion, or discrimination laws.
The court found Belgium had the right to impose restrictions aiming to ensure the principles of “living together” and the “protection of the rights and freedoms of others”.
According to the court’s ruling, the government had responded “to a practice that it considered to be incompatible, in Belgian society, with social communication and more generally the establishment of human relations, which were indispensable for life in society…essential to ensure the functioning of a democratic society”.
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) dismissed two separate cases – one appealing Belgium’s nationwide ban and another on a 2008 by-law adopted by three municipalities.
The first case was brought by two women – Samia Belcacemi and Yamina Oussar – who previously attempted to have the law suspended and annulled at the Constitutional Court in Brussels.
They both gave evidence on how the ban has affected their lives as Muslim women who choose to wear the niqab, which covers the face except for the eyes.
Ms Belcacemi said she initially continued to wear the veil in public but removed it over fear of being jailed or fined, while Ms Oussar said the law has forced her to stay at home….
Is Europe finally waking up?
This might just be the one step towards freedom from the invasive Islamic takeover of the western world.