Lawmakers in Norway have proposed a bill that would ban wearing of the full-face Muslim veil in all public schools, nurseries, and universities.
The bill is expected to pass with the support of all major political parties in Norway by the spring of 2018.
Norway politicians say the full-face veil, or niqab, interferes with communication between students and teachers and should be banned.
Any Westerner who has encountered the niqab understands the difficulty with talking into a pair of eyes. Muslim women wear the niqab as a badge of their invisibility in Islamic society, but Norway isn’t Islamic society.
“We do not want clothes covering the face in nurseries, schools and universities,” Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement. “These clothes prevent good communication, which is important for students to receive a good education,” he added.
There may be yet another reason for the bill’s promotion, which is to support the full integration of Muslim immigrants into Norwegian society. At present, there is no national dress code in Norway that deals specifically with Muslim attire, and this includes the niqab, burqa, balaclava and mask.
Norwegian officials are becoming increasingly concerned about the difficult prospects of Muslim integration as the nation’s prison population surges with “foreign” inmates and detainees.
According to Norway’s Ministry of Justice and Public Security, nearly 34 percent of the nation’s prison population is “foreign.” In other EU countries, the percentage of foreigners — a euphemism for Third World — is even higher and growing. In Germany, the foreign prison element is 30 percent or higher, Breitbart reports.
What is a Western nation to do with hard-to-assimilate Muslims? Ban traditional Muslim clothing seems to be the short-term answer.
Will it work? Probably not. Muslim communities have shown remarkable resilience against social pressure to conform to Western norms and values. The more they’re pressured to fit in by the larger society, the more they’re likely to lash out with deadly acts of terrorism.
Out of Norway’s total population of 5.1 million, 2.4 percent are Muslims living in communities scattered across the country.
Norwegian pols seem to believe that Muslim clothing that deters communication is a problem that should be nipped in the bud — before it comes around and bites Norway in the ass.
We would love to hear your thoughts about the bill who aim is to ban full-face veils in public schools, nurseries and universities in Norway in the comment section below. Will it help promote Muslim integration into Norwegian culture and society, or promote a backlash?