Friday, 23 July 2010
A burka ban would meet with almost universal approval if the comments here are any guide. From the London Evening Standard
An investigation has been launched after two students said they were banned from boarding a London bus because one was wearing a Muslim veil that covered her face.
The 22-year-old women said they were told by the driver they were a “threat” and were ordered from the Number 7 after trying to get on at Bloomsbury.
One of the students, Yasmin, was wearing a hijab and her face was uncovered. Her friend Atoofa was wearing a niqab, which covers the face.
Yasmin said the pair had mistakenly boarded the bus before it was ready to depart. She told the BBC: “About 10 minutes later ... the passengers started getting on."When I went forward to show my ticket he said, Get off the bus. I am not going to take you on the bus because you two are a threat.' I realised it wasn't due to me getting on the bus, this may be a racist attack.”
The students, from Slough, asked the driver for his name. When he refused, Yasmin began to film him on a mobile phone. She said he covered his face with a magazine. “I said, It's OK for you to cover your face on my recording but it's not OK for my friend to cover her face out of choice?'” said Yasmin. “There was no point arguing with him, we got off and by then my anger turned into emotion. I stood there and my gut reaction was to cry.”
The students, who asked for their full names not to be revealed, made a formal complaint to Metroline, which operated the Paddington-bound service for Transport for London.
* It's akin to outdoor advertising 'look at me, I have no intention of intergrating or accepting western vaules'. If the rule applies that any persons face covered by a crash helmet, balaklava, must remove it in a bank or on public transport, then it applies to these woman as well.
* 100% agree with the bus driver. Hopefully the company and union will support him.
* The Muslim Council of Britain said it was “deeply concerned”. A spokesman said: “Such incidents are sadly becoming more common.” Of course they are concerned. As a Political Pressure Group their role is to push Islam into our society in every way possible. The veil, burka, niqab, hijab and all the outward manifestations are an attempt to Islamicise this country and undermine everything non-Islamic. For once the bus driver had the right idea. Hopefully the company and union will support him.
Posted on 07/23/2010 10:27 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax
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