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Mark Reynolds | Daily Express | Wednesday June 24,2009

109563_1BRITAIN should stop women wearing the body-concealing burkha, both Muslims and non-Muslims said yesterday.

They were backing French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s call for Muslim women to be freed from being “prisoners behind a screen”.

Moderate Muslims in Britain supported the move here, pointing out that the burkha had no justification in Islamic teachings.

Ghaffar Hussain, of the anti-extremist think-tank Quilliam, said that while not in favour of an outright ban, there was nothing on religious grounds that justified women having to wear burkhas.

The think tank said that people should be allowed to wear what they wanted.

But the arguments for wearing burkhas were bogus.

Mr Hussain said: “There is nothing in the Koran that says you have to wear a burkha. It’s a cultural thing. To wear a burkha in modern Britain is not essential from any Islamic point of view.

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And a rejoinder from burqa fetishists, ENGAGE

The niqab and burqa debate sparked off by Nicolas Sarkozy’s comments on Monday continues apace in today’s papers.

The Daily Express informs us that both Muslims and non – Muslims want Britain to ban the burqa. Their sources of authoritative commentary? Among others, the rabid neo-con Douglas Murray and Ghaffar Hussain of the Quilliam Foundation. What a surprise.

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President Nicolas Sarkozy has used a major policy speech to declare the burqa was “not welcome” in France and should be banned

A woman wearing a traditional burqa Photo: REUTERS

A woman wearing a traditional burqa Photo: REUTERS

Peter Allen in Paris | Telegraph.com |  22  June 2009

In comments which will reignite the debate about religious clothing in the country, he said the full-body garment was “not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience”.

Mr Sarkozy used the first presidential address to a joint session of France’s two houses of parliament in 136 years to declare his support for a ban, even before hearing from a parliamentary commission set up to study the issue.

“We cannot accept to have in our country women who are prisoners behind netting, cut off from all social life, deprived of identity,” Mr Sarkozy told the special session in Versailles.

“That is not the idea that the French republic has of women’s dignity.

“The burqa is not a sign of religion, it is a sign of subservience. It will not be welcome on the territory of the French republic,” the French president said.

A group of 58 MPs from the Left and Right has called on Parliament to take action against women adopting what they called oppressive head-to-toe Islamic dress that “breaches individual freedoms”.

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