Do you support banning the Burka? - Results (71 votes)
Yes and I am not Muslim
Yes and I am Muslim.
I dont know.
No and I am not Muslim.
No and I am Muslim.
The Swiss may get the chance to vote on the introduction of a nationwide ban on the burqa after campaigners from the so-called Egerkingen committee succeeded in gathering the required number of signatures to push the issue to a referendum.
In March 2016 the committee launched a popular initiative to ban the burqa and other full-face coverings and had until this month to gather the 100,000 signatures required under the Swiss system of direct democracy to push it to a public vote.
On Wednesday Swiss People’s Party (SVP) MP Walter Wobmann, a leading member of the committee and a long-time advocate of a burqa ban, announced they had succeeded two days before the deadline.
Just over a week ago the campaign only had 82,000 signatures, according to the website of the committee, which launched a last-ditch appeal for more signatures. Speaking to the Tribune de Genève on Wednesday, Wobmann conceded that it was a close-run thing.
“It was tight. We are a small committee... we were lacking people to help us gather the signatures,” he told the paper.
According to the Luzerner Zeitung the campaign was aided by a 76-year-old man from Willisau in the canton of Lucerne who managed to gather 9,700 signatures all by himself. The committee’s eventual success means the initiative can now be lodged with the Swiss federal government. If all is found to be in order, it will go to a public vote.
The issue has been on the political table in Switzerland since the canton of Ticino voted in favour of a ban in a cantonal vote in 2013. The ban – which forbids the wearing of the Islamic face veil (niqab), full-length burqa and other full face coverings in public places – came into force in July 2016, with those who flout it liable for fines of up to 10,000 francs.
But since then only a few fines have been issued, including one for a Swiss woman who flouted the ban in deliberate protest. Enthusiasm for a ban elsewhere in the country has been lukewarm.
In May this year the canton of Glarus voted against imposing a burqa ban. And in March the Swiss senate quashed a draft bill on the subject – also lodged by Wobmann – after it was narrowly approved by the lower house.
In rejecting it, senators said there were so few people wearing burqas in Switzerland that there was no need to legislate for a problem that does not exist.
Speaking to the Tribune on Wednesday, Wobmann, who led the successful campaign against the building of minarets in Switzerland and in 2015 called for certain Muslim refugees to be banned from entering the country, said: “Even if there are only a few cases today, there will be more in the future, that’s certain. It’s better to act too early than too late. We must send a strong signal against this symbol of oppression and radicalism.”
If the ban does make it to a public vote, it may be successful. A 2016 survey found that 70 percent of people were in favour of a nationwide ban.
i think its silly to help people have rights by restricting them.
let people wear what they choose to, if its not harming anyone else. If they aren't choosing to do so, or are being coerced, that's a different issue that should be addressed, but preventing women from wearing something doesn't help with that underlying issue, it just prevents those who want to wear it on their own volition from practicing their religion as they see fit.
Just let people say and think whatever they want, however stupid or inflammatory
Except the US isn't doing that
What is against the law in the US to wear or say?
Are you even remotely aware of the banning of confederate flag and taking down of statues?
Lmfao this guy is being serious right now lol. The ban doesn't apply to private citizens genius.
I hope it does soon because it's offensive to see that flag flown over/higher than the actual USA flag, and I see that done a lot here in Texas. The people that do that should also be exported along side illegal immigrants because they're not Americans either.
I grew up for the first 15 years of my life in a Muslim majority (60 Muslim 40 Christian) country, and luckily my country is one of the most liberal middle Eastern countries - the hijab and burqa are not common and are actually the exception rather than the norm in most parts of the country.
However it's also pretty normal when you see hijabs and burqas, although most often it's hijabs. Even burqa was pretty rare where I lived. But you do seem them almost daily.
With that being said, I'm not very decided on this issue. Personally I'm an atheist so I have no ideological bias in this. Purely a social/political view.
On one hand, I don't like burqas, for the same reason many Europeans also don't - its just weird and feels outdated by like centuries. Even growing up among it even my dad would make fun of them and call them ninjas... So I can see why theyd make people feel uneasy. Its just weird.
On the other hand i would like to think that in this day and age we should let people wear what they want, and banning it might come across as "discrimination". Normally I would agree, but honestly when you look at the whole purpose of the burqa and the meaning and history behind it (oppressing women as sexual objects) then I have to say I'm not sympathetic to those saying it's just "culture". And believe me I hate bigotry and right wing xenophobia, I hate people who demonize refugees and treat them like a virus instead of humans fleeing a desperate and hellish situation.
So, I really don't know. Personally I feel like a world without burqas is a better place but banning them isn't the solution. We have to fix the root of the problem, but that's a lot easier said than done, it's centuries of social norms instilled and that will need a lot of work to undo.
In the middle East we have more liberal Muslim countries (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco) where you will find women going around in whatever they want to wear, partying and drinking and doing normal things you'd expect them to. In other parts, where luckily I have not lived (Saudi Arabia, most notably) where women cant drive or show any part of their body in public.
There are no easy answers, and these are the questions we have to ask ourselves other than just "oh yeah can we just ban them". We need to know how to actually cure these societies so that the burka isn't even something they need.
Just my two cents and ramblings, I've had a few drinks so here's my presidential speech, lol
"Everyone is entitled to stupidity- but some people abuse the privelege"