A Swiss region has decided that it will place a huge fine – to the tune of $9,800 dollars – on those who wear burquas and niqabs that cover the face and head in public. I can’t wait for the fallout on this one:
Officials in the Swiss county of Ticino voted Monday to make the Muslim burqa illegal in public spaces, with fines of up to $9,800 for violations.
The local government wanted the law to also include other forms of headwear that cover the face, including masks worn by demonstrators and soccer hooligans, but the parliament voted to only ban the burqas and niqabs (face veil). This means covering your face in public is legal, as long as you don’t do it with a burqa or niqab.
Giorgio Ghiringhelli, who drew up the proposal, said the result will send a message to “Islamist fundamentalists” in the country.
“Those who want to integrate are welcome irrespective of religion,” Ghiringhelli said. “But those who rebuff our values and aim to build a parallel society based on religious laws, and want to place it over our society, are not welcome.”
This is awesome. Now if we could only get a politician with enough guts to pass something like this into law, America could be set. We could use the money from fines to help fund efforts to eradicate ISIS from America.