Many of the British political elites are sinking to even lower levels of dhimmitude as they try to rationalize "empowering" muslim women to experience the "freedom" of wearing the burqa in the UK. These dhimwits go so far, into the realm of ludicrousness, as to declare preventing the wearing of the burkha as being "unBritish" and "undesirable". Yet, a nation, in the heart of the muslim Middle East, Syria, has chosen to ban the wearing of the niqab and burka at their public and private schools and universities.
"Wary of Islamic fundmentalism" Syria's sensible reason is barring the burka will help the country maintain its' secularism.
One has to wonder if the pooh-poohing of France's steps towards a niqab/burka ban and the embracing of the muslim shrouding of women in fabric prisons, by these softhead, vote-whoring, politically correct,multicultural automatons indicates that they are running in the opposite direction---embracing the Islamisation of Great Britain.
OR when it comes to burqas and niqabs is Syria more British than Britain?
From the Daily Mail:Now SYRIA bans the burka... as British female Cabinet Minister says freedom to wear Muslim veil is a right
By James Slack
19th July 2010
Syria has banned the face-covering Islamic veil from the country's universities.
The Education Ministry's ban comes as similar moves in Europe - and calls for one in England - spark cries of discrimination against Muslims.
An official told local media: 'Our students are our children and we will not abandon them to extreme ideas and practices.'
Syria is not a Muslim country. An official at the ministry says the ban affects public and private universities and aims to protect Syria's secular identity.
Opposed to a ban: Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said women were 'empowered' by the freedom to wear niqabs, like the one above, and burkas
Sunday's ban does not affect the headscarf, which many Syrian women wear.
But the burka - the most concealing of the Islamic veils, in which women are forced to peer out at the world from behind a mesh mask - and the niqab, a veil that covers the head and mouth but leaves the eyes exposed - have both been banned.
The niqab and the burka are not widespread in Syria, although they have become more common recently.
The secular, authoritarian government has recently tried to curry favour by rallying to the cry of moderate Islam at home.
But it remains wary of Islamic fundamentalism, which is a threat to its power - especially in education.
Last month, hundreds of primary school teachers who wear the niqab were moved to administrative jobs, local media reported.
The move came as the pressure was turned up in Britain and across Europe for as similar ban.
A British Cabinet Minister today delivered a staunch defence of a woman's right to wear a burka.
Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman said women were 'empowered' by the freedom to wear the face coverings.
Her comments came after her colleague, Immigration Minister Damian Green, resisted demands from within the Tory party to ban the burka, which critics claim is a symbol of the oppression of women.
Mr Green said a ban would be 'rather un-British' and run contrary to the conventions of a 'tolerant and mutually respectful society'.
This is despite a YouGov survey which found that 67 per cent of voters wanted the wearing of full-face veils to be outlawed.