Norwegian Gov't Introduces Bill to Ban Muslim Face Veils in Schools

1.3k views

On Monday, the Norwegian government introduced a bill that would effectively prohibit Muslims from wearing “full face” veils in the nation's schools, saying the garments inhibit "good communication" between students and teachers. 

Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said this in a statement:

We do not want clothes covering the face in nurseries, schools and universities[…]These clothes prevent good communication, which is important for students to receive a good education.

The “full face” veil refers to what those in Islamic faith call the "niqab." A niqab covers both the head and face with just a slight opening for the eyes.

According to Breitbart:

Norwegian media reported the government can count on the support of most parties, saying the bill was expected to pass in the spring of 2018.

Local authorities in Norway already have the power to ban the veil in schools, however there is no uniform national policy. At this stage, the bill does not lay out consequences for disregarding the proposed law.

According to a late 2016 article by Express, other countries have already banned burkas -- full-body clothing worn by Islamic women -- in one way or another.

The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Bulgaria, Egypt (in the process), Switzerland, Italy and Chad are all nations that have either banned or are in the process of banning the burka, the hijab or the niqab.

“Clothes covering the face, like the niqab and the burqa, have no place in Norwegian schools,” Per Sandberg, interim minister of immigration and integration, said. “It is a fundamental value to be able to communicate with each other.”

Items like the niqab are also cause for security concerns. While the head-to-toe coverups are typically worn by women, anyone could be under the coverings. 

MRCTV Reader,

The media are hard at work weaving a web of confusion, misinformation, and conspiracy surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is why MRCTV, a program of the MRC, exists—to broadcast conservative values, culture, politics, expose media bias, and provide entertainment to new and diverse audiences. But we can’t do it alone. We are part of the only organization purely dedicated to this critical

Donate today to help MRCTV continue to produce videos and commentary that are seen far and wide. $25 a month goes a long way.

And now, thanks to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, you can make up to a $300 gift to the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization of your choice and use it as a tax deduction on your 2020 taxes, even if you take the standard deduction on your returns.

— The MRCTV Team

DONATE

Connect

Sign up for MRCTV Daily newsletter to receive the latest videos and commentary.

MRC Merch