Ban on Muslim burqa and niqab: Are the burqa/niqab a security risk?

  • Identity facial recognition

    Everyone in the public should be able to recognise one another, Like number plates on cars. . If you do wrong or are going to do wrong you should be able to be recognised the same as the rest of society; covering your facial id, Is the same as wearing a balaclava on a bank robbery. Nobody should be able to hide from view

  • It is clear oppression and a source of security threat.

    There is literally no physical difference between a balaclava and a Niqab/Burka. If we do not ban this nuisance, this can become an excuse for many burglars and criminals out their to use it as a weapon to advance their ill intentions. Moreover, this will render the CCTV cameras useless.

  • This is not about safety or security; it's about preservation of a country's macroculture.

    When you visit a conservative Muslim country, what do you wear (especially for women)? Do you wear t-shirts and mini-skirts, or something that covers most parts of the body? I'm guessing the latter, and that's because you need to conform to and observe the customs of Islam when visiting an Muslim country. Likewise, Muslims should observe the secularist customs of European countries. This is best summed up in the age-old aphorism: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do."

  • Public Safety! / Religion?

    First of all, this is easily related to a person walking into a bank with a ski mask. You cannot hide your identity in banks, airports, etc. Second of all, anyone who argues about how this is against their religion is uneducated. Wearing a niqab is a decision of outfit because it is not a requirement of Islam. It is not in the Quran, and if your family or mate forces you to wear one, that is wrong in Canada.

  • Concealing your identity in public is not acceptable and scary.

    I was in a shop lining up for the cashier with a woman in niqab in front of me. There was no way to tell if she was even a woman. There was no way to tell if she would become aggressive. There was no way to even tell who the person is if she decided to rob the store....Why is it acceptable for anyone to conceal their identity at all? It is NOT islamophobia, it is their lack of respect for everyone else and everyone else's rights being blatantly violated.

  • Burqa Should be Banned

    I believe that Burqas should be banned because its a major security risk. It lets people the opportunity to use the Burqa as a terrorist attack. It also hides domestic abuse that might be happening and not only that but rises more hate crimes. There has been proven in more than one country that multiple people that wear the Burqa have difficulties following their religion because of it.

  • Covering your face in public is extremism

    Whether it's the primary intention or not, covering the face conceals your identity, is not socially acceptable in the civilised world and is a sign of extremism (imposed or otherwise). I consider Nuns to also be extremist but I rarely enounter them and can't recall the last time one blew themselves up in a public place. If you choose (yes, it IS a choice) to cover your face in a society that values openness, then you deserve suspicion and you should be treated as a security risk.

  • It would only be fair

    If a woman visits the Islam and doesn't wear something that covers her hair or partially her body, she will most likely be stared at and in the worst case molested. She would be treated like nothing because she's not adhering to the rules. But we let them do practically anything here? No, we have our reasons and the right to ban the burqa not only it is dissocialising and radical, but also because it concerns safety.

  • Security comes first

    Security concerns are important, but the real argument against niqabs and burqas is that they are a male imposition on women without any religious or genuine modesty requirements. The word hijab (or its cognate verb hajaba) occurs only 8 times in the Qur'an, never a head covering, but as a wall or barrier. There is not a single religious argument for a custom that degrades and oppresses millions of women, sets Muslim women apart in Western streets, and gives criminals an opportunity to disguise themselves.

  • We need to ban it

    High security risk, they can chose what they do in their own country, but we have to respect them in their's.If they don't like it, they should move back. Hate it when some stupid white Brit with the mentality of a 2 year old support's them wearing them. The public should be allowed to rip them off their heads.

  • It is their choice, Not the laws

    In Western countries, It is generally only the hijab that Muslim women wear, Only a very small percentage of women do actually wear the niqab or burqa. It can then be argued that what is the need in having the burqa if it is not a requirement and many women are happy not too - but it is down to choice. We should not take the basic human right of religious freedom away from a small group of society just because you don't have the courtesy to educate yourself on the matter. Most Muslim women wear the burqa or niqab because they do not want to be sexualised by men in the public, They only want to show off their beauty to their husbands. Others do it because it represents how devoted they are to their faith, And despite them knowing they will be judged, They still choose to wear it. However, I understand that in very few cases, The husband has forced their wives to wear the burqa. This is a horrible circumstance, But how wil the banning of the burqa actually prevent this fro, Happening? All that is likely to happen is the possessive husband just refuses to let their wife out into public anymore, And then we have encouraged a ban to prevent Muslim women from having any freedom. You cannot pretend you care about these women, Stop pretending that because of their 'possessive and abuse husbands' you want to ban the burqa.

  • Acceptance and Integration is key to a peaceful community

    Taking the example from the French ban, more women have been supporting the burqa as a form of protest and violence has erupted since. Where some countries enforce the wearing of the burqa, women feel just as oppressed by being enforced not to wear it. Choice is the foundation towards integration. You will find that the more we integrate culture, the more they adapt to the Western way of life. You only need to look at London as a case study for this. While there are still "hubs" of Muslim sectors, these are very small and tend to be very tolerant and peaceful places.
    The more you isolate people as different, the more they will feel different and unwilling to participate.

  • A problem in theory rather than reality.

    Although the Niqab might be a potential security risk, there are very few cases of it actually being used as a disguise.
    Also, the fact that Muslim women are only required to wear the Niqab in front of men (except for close relatives) means that there is a simple way out. Ask for them to remove their veil, temporarily, with a few female security guards (armed, if they feel nervous about this). Problem solved.

  • It's much harder to commit a crime if you are completely conspicuous.

    Anybody wearing a burqa or niqab is immediately stared at. It's not exactly low-profile. If you want to commit a crime, you don't want anybody looking at you. It's much easier to create harm if you blend in with everybody else - like wearing a backpack or a winter suit. Where there's a will, there is a way. The burqa ban is not about security, though it is often disguised as such.

  • Interpretation of Modesty

    The wearing of a burqa is one's interpretation of modesty. Who are we to say what they were is too little or too modest? If it is such a security issue at airports, then have women privately search the burqa wearers. I feel that it is a direct violation of someone's religous beliefs.

  • Burqa does not equal terrorist

    Renae Barker, a lecturer in law at the University of Western Australia, says that the direct security threat posed by the burqa or niqab is very low as only 2.2% of Australia’s population is Muslim and a fraction of that number wear veils. Ms Barker goes on to comment in a disclosure statement that, “Only one instance of the burqa being used as a disguise in the commission of a crime has been recorded in Australia.”
    Many people have declared that if the criminal or terrorist is completely dedicated to the cause, it will not make any difference if the burqa is banned or not.
    Ms Barker also comments that a ‘blanket ban’ is not the solution. In New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Western Australia, police have been granted the power to ask a person to remove their face covering, i.e. burqa or niqab, for identification purposes.
    The Islamic Information and Services Network of Australasia (IISNA) have published on their website that burqa’s are no more of a security risk than a motorcycle helmet and can be removed when requested for identification purposes. If possible, they say, it should be removed in the presence of women only.

  • You don't need a veil to wear a mask.

    The allowing of the burqa remains an issue of personal freedom rather than an issue of security. There are other methods to go about resolving issues. Many people confuse this as an issue of feminism and as a symbol of a woman's oppression, and to that I say another debate is in order. However the wearing of the Burqa throughout the world is so dismal that making it a debate creates schisms within the community pushing people towards acts of aggression as a method of demonstration.

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