British College Drops Muslim Veil Ban Amid Outcry

France 24, September 13, 2013

One of Britain’s biggest colleges on Friday dropped a ban on Muslim face veils after thousands of people signed a petition against the rule.

Birmingham Metropolitan College said on Facebook it would change its policy to allow “individuals to wear specific items of personal clothing to reflect their cultural values”.

The college had earlier said it would require “the removal of hoodies, hats, caps and veils so that faces are visible”, a policy that won support from Prime Minister David Cameron.

It would in effect have banned the niqab, a face veil worn by some Muslim women which covers everything except the eyes.

Cameron’s spokesman said he believed educational establishments should be able to “set and enforce their own school uniform policies”.

But some 9,000 people signed a petition co-ordinated by the National Union of Students (NUS) Black Students’ Campaign against the policy, while hundreds of students had planned to protest against the ban on Friday.

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The college offers higher and further education including A-level classes, and has eight campuses around the Midlands.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said on his weekly LBC radio show that he was “uneasy” about the policy.

“Intuitively I would set the bar very high to justify (banning niqabs),” he said on Thursday.

“One of the things that’s great about our country is that people dress differently… and people have different faiths.”

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Right-wing Conservative MP Philip Hollobone has tabled a private members’ bill in parliament that would ban the public wearing of face coverings, emulating a law introduced in France in 2011.

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  • Spartacus

    “One of the things that’s great about our country is that people dress differently… and people have different faiths.”

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    Islam isn’t a “faith”, it’s just an excuse for pedophilia .

  • Evette Coutier

    minorities around the world have becomes privileged classes. Apparently they are not bound by rules that the rest of us must follow. From now on I am going to be a minority everywhere I go and I am going to demand privileged treatment in respect of my diversity. If I could just get a better suntan I might pull it off.

    • NorthSea

      Say you’re an albino.

      • Evette Coutier

        Pretty much.

    • Whitetrashgang

      How about saying your white and you are a victim of genocide in your own country ,therefore you need all the goodies (a free house at least) and some firearms. I am just about ready to try it myself.

  • bigone4u

    The sight of women in the muzzie get up makes me sick, symbolizing the enslavement of women and the coming enslavement of the rest of us by muzzies. But to be honest, most of these women are so ugly that it may be best for my stomach that they remain covered. Meanwhile, American college girls go on slutwalks, demanding the right to dress like sluts or even go to class topless. That is almost as bad. Is there no common sense left, where men and women dress respectably, reflecting common values of decency?

    • Stentorian_Commentator

      There’s the rub, no commonly held sense of decency. First it was derided as uncool, and now promoting what was once common decency is practically a crime.

    • Sick of it

      I was amazed to see a young woman in a nice, conservative dress today. Pretty rare even in the South.

      • bigone4u

        I sure wish there were more ladies around, with all that the meaning that the word ladies confers. Tattoos and cursing abound in Texas among females.

        • Sick of it

          Yeah, I have a cousin that fits with your description.

    • T_Losan

      I’ll tell you what, I prefer the way moderate muslim girls dress than the way a lot of “non-enslaved” girls do. Between moderate Islam and Miley Cyrus, I know which one I pick.

  • David Ashton

    Clegg is a menace, disliked by a majority of the population, but remains Deputy Prime Minister to Cameron as Prime Minister. He is the PC tail that wags the PR dog.

  • Diversity Awareness Brigade

    One of the great things about Babel is that everybody talks differently.

  • NorthSea

    “One of the things that’s great about our country is that people dress differently…and have different faiths.” Silly me, here I was thinking Shakespeare, Horatio Nelson, Arthur Wellsley.

    • Sick of it

      The Magna Carta, Richard Lionheart, English Common Law, Pirates/Privateers/Naval Officers, American colonization. Really anything other than what they described.

      • NorthSea

        Exactly. They got it exactly WRONG.

  • NorthSea

    Will the Conservative Party be able to admit so many?

    • Sick of it

      Their conservative parties are not the Tories.

      • NorthSea

        True, the Conservative Party is what they call the Tories, but they’re as much so as the Republicans. They have an insurgent conservative, anti-immigration party called United Kingdon Independent Party. The Establishment attacks them so there must be something worthwhile about them. There was an older one, the British National Party, but I’ve not heard anything of them lately.

        • Sick of it

          I’ve read that UKIP is more multicultural (And we know how messed up the EDL is). The BNP has been attacked for so long from so many directions, I’m not sure they will ever grow in support. It doesn’t help them to have supporters who prefer Communism either. Modern Britain seems like a Marxian Utopia in many ways.

          • NorthSea

            I was unaware that UKIP was multi-culti. I guess they restrict their animus to immigrants only. I think there are several Continental racialist parties, does nothing for us.

  • Spartacus

    I heard about it, but I don’t go anywhere near that thing . It’s part of the Mediapro group, which is owned by Central European Media Enterprises, which in turn is owned by… Well, you know .

    • negrolocaust

      Spartacus!!…..ALERT!! to all in MARYLAND. the gun laws change on october 1st. state
      police are adding extra officers to process gun applications. please
      pass this message along. thank you negrolocaust.

  • me

    Nick Clegg condones various dress because he, himself, is a transvestite. “Dickus Biggus”, with a lisp.

  • JackKrak

    Seeing as how there are only six or seven white British people left in Birmingham now, I’m not at all surprised to learn that “thousands of people signed a petition against the rule.”

    Should we be equally surprised when a group of twelve year olds votes on what’s for lunch and pizza wins out over liver?

    • Gotsumpnferya

      Sort of the entitlement mentality a great numbers have in this country .
      A precipitous fall .

  • blindsticks

    Have a look at my link above: ‘Muslims and Bathing Costumes’.

  • Magician

    Why don’t they simply go to a country where they are welcome to wear whatever they want around their heads.

    • Sick of it

      Because they cannot conquer the entire world that way.

  • David Ashton

    “Er, um, er ,,,, Chinese food takeaways…. and, er, um… Black footballers… and er, um …. er.”

  • Gotsumpnferya

    Given the birth rate , it is a transition well under way .

  • Sick of it

    19th century British narratives on various muslim movements show them to have been anything but sympathetic, often calling the lot of them insane. Islamic activities were seen as barbaric. Ahh how things change.