April 13, 2011

The Absence of Evidence for Banning Burqas

Martin Robbins, The Guardian

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Are arguments in favour of the French ban supported by any actual evidence, and what happens when we ban burqas anyway?

The secular republic of France has banned face veils, which means that anyone wearing the niqab or burqa in public there can be fined €150, or suffer the infinitely worse fate of being forced to endure lessons in French citizenship.

Much of the debate about this has focused on the moral aspects, but are the arguments in favour of French policy supported by any actual evidence, and what happens when we ban burqas anyway?

Wearing a burqa is apparently bad...

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TAGGED: islam, France, burqa

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