War On Muslims: Burqa Bans, Hate Crimes And Laws That Ignore Cultural Norms Challenge Islam Around The World

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In Morocco, officials banned the production and sale of full-face Muslim veils this week to bolster national security. In South Africa, a Cape Town mosque was attacked Tuesday when blood was found spattered on the walls and pulpit of Masjidul Jamiah in Kalk Bay. A pig snout was also left at the entrance of the mosque. Meanwhile, The European Court of Human Rights upheld Tuesday a decision from Swiss officials that required Muslim girls to swim alongside boys against their family’s wishes, the New York Times reported.

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Lifting the veil on the rise of German Islamophobia

German Chancellor’s call for a ban on full face veils takes away their right to chose

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a ban on the full face veil in a speech at her party’s conference. She said wearing the veil, called niqabs and burkas, was not appropriate in Germany. However, banning the veil does not encourage the cultural assimilation of migrant women. If anything, it gives power to Islamophobic sentiments and sends the message to migrant women that Germany doesn’t care about their choice. For some women, choosing to wear a full face veil is a choice of religious expression and it is unfair of Merkel to decide it doesn’t belong in Germany.

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