Ban veils in public, says Asian bishop
The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester knows his onions. This is from the Sunday Telegraph.
Muslim women should be banned from wearing the veil, to improve security and cohesion in Britain, the Church of England's only Asian bishop has said.
The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester, urged the Government to introduce legislation that would force Muslims to remove the veil when they are at work or travelling. In an outspoken attack on the custom of Muslim women to cover their faces, the Pakistani-born bishop said that the Islamic community needed to make greater efforts to integrate into British society.
"It is fine if they want to wear the veil in private, but there are occasions in public life when it is inappropriate for them to wear it," he said. Given that we are facing an unprecedented security situation, legislation needs to be introduced that allows officials to remove the veil," the bishop told The Sunday Telegraph.
Bishop Nazir-Ali, whose father converted from Islam to Catholicism, said that the legislation should not just cover airports, but should extend to all areas of travel where an identity needs to be established, such as tube and train stations and ports. He said that the possible failure of airline staff to challenge Jama was symptomatic of people being "too worried about offending Muslims".
Laws should also be given to employers and boards of trustees to demand that the veil is not worn at work, he said.
Posted on 12/24/2006 4:14 AM by Esmerelda Weatherwax