Stopping the Wearing of Religious Face Covering. How would you feel if masks were worn by everyone in a city?
A heated debate broke out yesterday on Twitter after HA Hayatu, a public affairs analyst, replied to an image of a person wearing a burqa or burka in its entirety. Over 2,000 people have already retweeted and liked his comment. It’s always exceedingly risky and contentious to question the tenets of a certain religion or culture.
He responded, “There is nothing Islamic about this costume; it is pure Arabic culture to cover from dust as the Tuaregs do with their turban, but it is being worn ignorantly by radicals.”
His tweet generated a variety of responses, but he opted to address this one from LAMIDO because it allowed for a constructive discussion: You’re doing things incorrectly. Even though wearing the mask is not required, it never implies that the wearer is an extremist. Additionally, certain circumstances may call for the use of a mask.
In response, he asked, “How would you feel if everyone in a city opted to dress in religious masks?” Is that city going to be safe?
While you may argue that everyone has the right to dress however they choose, we equally have the right to know with whom we are dealing. You can’t see my face when I’m wearing a mask.
This year, there was a significant legal battle taking place around Europe, with some nations backing Mr. Hayatu’s position. Many nations in Europe have now outlawed the burqa, especially when it comes to concealing a person’s facial characteristics for everyone’s protection. The restrictions include those on masks, motorcycle helmets, and religious garb like the burqa and niqab. Thus, they are frequently referred to as “burqa bans.” These prohibitions exist.
Burqas are full-body garments that conceal the wearer’s eyes beneath a lattice-like covering. The eyes are not covered by niqabs, which are for the face.
If you cover your face in the Netherlands, you could be subject to a fine of at least €150. The prohibition includes balaclavas and full-face helmets in addition to burqas and other veils.
A prohibition is also in effect in Denmark, Austria, Belgium, France, and Bulgaria. Bans are being discussed in numerous other European nations, including Germany, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Norway. Local prohibitions have been enacted in some areas of Spain. Such a measure has not been discussed in Italy. Since the 1970s, clothing that conceals the wearer’s identity has been outlawed nationwide.
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