Burka Be Gone
The Netherlands is set to become the first European country to effectively ban the public wearing of that infamous symbol of slavery, the burka. Integration Minister, Rita Verdonk said the ban was for public safety as no one could tell who was underneath it and a terrorist could hide under it. Mrs. Verdonk is very outspoken.
Mrs Verdonk gave warning that the “time of cosy tea-drinking” with Muslim groups had passed and that natives and immigrants should have the courage to be critical of each other. She recently cancelled a meeting with Muslim leaders who refused to shake her hand because she was a woman.
The proposals are likely to win the support of Parliament because of the expected backing by right-wing parties. But they have caused outrage among Muslim and human rights groups, who say that the Government is pandering to the far Right.
Mrs Verdonk admitted that a complete ban on the garment would be legally tricky because of freedom of religion legislation. However, she said that she would prohibit the garments “in specific situations” on grounds of public safety. The ban is likely to be enforced in shops, public buildings, cinemas, train and bus stations and airports, as well as on trains and buses. London Times
The proposed ban is not the only place the Dutch are getting tough. Even their courts are showing common sense.
Last year two Muslim women lost a court case against their college that had banned them from wearing burkas during their social work and childcare course. The judge backed the college in its claim that children had to be able to see who was caring for them, prompting the women to drop the course.
Wouldn't you like to see some of these measures for immigrants to our country?
Immigrants must pass an exam on Dutch language and culture before being allowed to move to the Netherlands. That does not apply to immigrants from US, Canada, Australia, Japan and other EU states.
Legal immigrants already there must take a Dutch language course at their own expense.
Immigrants guilty of any minor crime, such as shoplifting, during their first three years in the country can be deported.
People can bring in a husband or wife only once they are 24 years old, and do not depend on welfare benefits. The measures are aimed at curbing international arranged marriages.
26,000 illegal immigrants are being deported, some of whom have been in the country for ten years and have established families.
Clampdown on foreign imams working in mosques. They must show their appreciation of Dutch values.
The Dutch clearly see the threat that Islamists are to their society. It takes a great deal of courage to face the fact and to do something about it.