The Netherlands may be taking religious wear to the legislative level. The Dutch center-right government has proposed a ban on burkas and similar garments in public. According to Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk,
The cabinet finds it undesirable that face-covering clothing - including the burka - is worn in public places for reasons of public order, security and protection of citizens.
Dutch Muslims are outraged, pointing to the small minority of people - less than 100 - who actually wear the full burka. Many also think that it is an attempt by the government to secure more votes in the national election coming up in five days.
When is Europe going to get serious about tackling the roots of extremism and social disharmony, instead of continuing to further marginalize their Muslim populations?
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