Thursday, July 07, 2011


Now, after the embarrassment from a few weeks ago, it looks like Australia's legislation in NSW has taken the steps needed to ensure authorities can remove a Muslim woman's veil without concern over ludicrous "cultural/religious sensitivity" (Hat tip: The Blaze):
Muslim women can be forced to remove their face veils during routine car stops under new powers granted to NSW police.

Premier Barry O'Farrell said cabinet had approved the move on Monday so police could properly identify motorists or any other people suspected of committing a crime.

"I don't care whether a person is wearing a motor cycle helmet, a burqa, niqab, face veil or anything else, the police should be allowed to require those people to make their identification clear," he said in a statement.
Another amazing thing in this whole affair is that the Islamic Council in Australia did not oppose the move:
Mr O'Farrell later defended the move, saying the state's Islamic Council has said the wearing of face veils is not compulsory.

"The good news is that the Islamic Council of NSW has made the point that it's not compulsory in relation to their religion," Mr O'Farrell told reporters in Sydney on Monday night.
In the USA, it's possible CAIR, by contrast, would take the opposite stance. Kudos to the NSW legislation for having the guts it took to ensure the police can work properly.

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