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Swiss Canton Outlaws Burqas, Will Levy Fines

The glamorous Italian-speaking Swiss Canton of Ticino has outlawed the head-to-toe body bags for women known as burqas, along with Islamic face veils. And if you think this is “singling out” Muslims, you’re absolutely right:

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.”

Naturally, some folks are upset:

Human Rights organization Amnesty International called it “a black day for human rights in Tercino” when a vote in 2013 showed a 65 percent support for the ban from the public. Increased security measures were taken for the voting session Monday with metal detectors to prevent a possible disturbance by demonstrators.

This is precisely the lesson that all of Europe ought to be sending to the Muslim world: that Europe may be accommodating, but it will not allow a stealth Islamic conquest of the only civilization on the planet that materially advances the lives of people the world over in favor of seventh-century barbarism. Musselmen have no inherent “right” to infiltrate and replace European Judeo-Christian civilization with Mohammedanism, and the more they hear that from European politicians, the sooner they will get the message.