Should America Ban the Burqa Too?


All across Europe, government leaders are deciding whether to fine, restrict, or ban the Islamic veil. France’s Prime Minister Sarkozy wants a full ban—one that will also apply to Muslim tourists. Belgium wants one too—although it has been warned that doing so “will violate the rights of those who choose to wear the veil and [...]

The Orwellian Times in Belgium: Burqa Bans? Or the Banning of Free Speech?


A Parliamentary committee in Belgium has just voted to ban the burqa. The language of the ban is strategically neutral in terms of religion and ethnicity: It bans “face coverings,” not “niqab” or the “burqa.” This is the only approach that might work but I doubt that the full Parliament will approve it; and, [...]