A law against facial coverings has support across party lines.
Most parties in the Danish parliament have endorsed a ban on facial coverings. If passed, Denmark would join France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and the German state of Bavaria in outlawing the use of full and partial veils.
In response to questions of whether outlawing the wearing of burqas or nijabs would violate religious liberties, proponents of a ban cited the security concerns raised by face-covering clothing.
“This is not a ban on religious clothing, this is a ban on masking,” Jacob Ellemann-Jensen, spokesman for the Liberal Party said, according to the report. The Liberal party leads the center-right governing coalition in Denmark’s parliament.
Wearing masks at public assemblies is illegal in Denmark, punishable by a fine or up to six months imprisonment.
Denmark’s largest party, the opposition Social Democrats, have also indicated that they would support a ban on face covering veils because they view them as oppressing women, reported the Independent.
“We are ready to ban the burqa if that is what it takes … But there are some dilemmas, not least with regards to how such a ban would be enforced,” said the Social Democrats’ leader Mette Fredriksen.
If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.
Here are some numbers:
- 20 million users around the world read Aleteia.org every month
- Aleteia is published every day in eight languages: English, French, Arabic, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
- Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
- Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
- Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
- We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)
As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.
Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!