Thursday, August 19, 2010

Swedish Ed. Minister Plans to Ban the Burqa; Says Schools to Ban Clothes That Cover Face

The Education Minister of Sweden, Jan Bjorklund, said that the leaders of Swedish schools and universities should be allowed to ban students from wearing clothes that cover their faces -- including Islamic veils such as the full-body burqa and the full-face nigab -- according to the Stockholm Today website.

"Education is based on an interaction between teacher and students. You have to be able to see each others' faces." Bjorklund said.

Bjorklund added that the ban would also apply to other clothing that covers the face, such as balaclava masks.

Estimates suggest there are about 100,000 practicing Muslims among Sweden's 9 million inhabitants.

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