It’s not often that there is good news from the European courts. All too often they’ve been great friends to the invader, the criminal and the deviant and have put their ‘human rights’ way way above our own.
But it’s not all doom and gloom from these supranational courts as can be seen by the backing that the European Court of Human Rights has given to Belgian municipalities who banned Islamic face coverings such as the niqab and burkha. According to Breitbart News the ECHR has sided with the Belgian towns that declared that Islamic face coverings, along with other similar garments that obscure the face, can legally be banned. Here’s the Breitbart story which is quoting the AFP agency about this rare outbreak of common sense by the ECHR.
The European Court of Human Rights upholds a Belgian ban on wearing the full-face niqab veil in public.
The court rules that the restriction seeks to guarantee social cohesion, the “protection of the rights and freedoms of others” and that it was “necessary in a democratic society,” a statement says.
It says a bylaw adopted in June 2008 in the three municipalities of Pepinster, Dison and Verviers “could be regarded as proportionate to the aim pursued, namely the preservation of the conditions of ‘living together’ as an element of the ‘protection of the rights and freedoms of others.’”
The court says a country should also be given a “wide margin of appreciation in deciding whether and to what extent a limitation of the right to manifest one’s religion or beliefs was ‘necessary.’”
Belgium banned the wearing of the full-face veil under a June 2011 law. It prohibits appearing in public “with a face masked or hidden, in whole or in part, in such a way as to be unidentifiable.”
Violations can result in fines and up to seven days in jail.
This was in my opinion the correct decision by the ECHR. The use of Islamic face coverings does encourage ghettoisation, it empowers Islamic extremists and it is applied in a highly misogynistic way. The veil forces women into limiting their interactions to only within their own community, it legitimises the coercion against women by extremists who force women to wear these mobile prisons and it does indeed get in the way of integration and impinges on the rights and freedoms of others.
This rare outbreak of justice on the part of the ECHR should be celebrated and it may only be a ‘one off’ decision or on the other hand it could mark the start of a current of realism towards the ideology of Islam on the part of the ECHR. At the very least this ruling sends the message to Europe’s Muslim guests that their constant piss taking will not always be accepted and that the more egregious aspects of their retarded ‘culture’ will be clamped down upon. I hope that this ruling encourages other nations and municipalities to defend their national and regional identities by banning Islamic face coverings which oppress women and is a badge signifying that the wearer is either forced into them or is an adherent of an ideology that plainly endangers our societies.