Friday, November 17, 2006

Dutch courage

The Dutch are a very liberal people, but, from what I've seen from members of my wife's family, their tolerance is being tested. Looks like they'll follow France and some institutions in Britain to ban burkhas. I can't even begin to imagine how a ban would be enforced.

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The Dutch government announced plans today for legislation banning full-length veils in public places and other clothing that covers the face — putting the Netherlands at the forefront of a general European hardening toward Muslim minorities.
The Netherlands, once considered one of Europe’s most welcoming nations for immigrants and asylum seekers, is deeply divided over moves by the government to stem the tide of new arrivals and compel immigrants to assimilate into Dutch society.
“From a security standpoint, people should always be recognizable and from the standpoint of integration, we think people should be able to communicate with one another,’’ Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk told national broadcaster NOS. She said the ban also would apply to headgear like ski masks and full-faced helmets.

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