German lawmakers in the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, approved on Thursday a partial ban on the wearing of Islamic full-face veils or the burqa at work among civil servants in Germany.
The law, which still needs approval from the upper chamber, the Bundesrat, before becoming effective, would also ask women to show their faces during security checks.
The ban will only apply to public servants such as soldiers, judges and election officials during performance of their duties.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
Other forms of female Muslim dress in which the face is revealed, such as the hijab and the chador, would still be permitted. For over fifty years very few Muslim women in Germany have worn the burqa, since most of them have hailed from Turkey. Most Turkish women wear headscarves, although not in public areas or office buildings. But they do not usually wear burqas or niqabs.
The prohibition falls short of a total ban in public areas that right wing parties demand similar to what France did in 2011.
In a statement, Germany’s ruling coalition said that a “religious or ideological covering of the face contradicts the neutrality required of state functionaries.”
If the law is passed, Germany would follow France, Belgium, the Netherlands and Bulgaria as European countries to ban or partially ban the wearing of Islamic full-face veils.