Clerics call for burka ban in public
A senior Church of England bishop has called for full face coverings such as the burka and niqab to be banned where people interact — including hospitals, doctors’ surgeries, universities and schools.
The former Bishop of Rochester, Pakistani-born Michael NazirAli who held the position from 1994 to2009, made the comments at the weekend. He said the ban should also extend to areas where there were legitimate security and safety concerns, such as at airports or while driving a car, but it was acceptable for women to wear face veils at home, while in the street and at prayer.
“Where there is widespread use of the face veil, there will be greater isolation from one another and a sense of segregation will grow.” Mr Nazir-Ali said.
Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, agreed and said “oppressive” veils should not become “normalised”.
They follow former foreign secretary Boris Johnson’s comments in an opinion piece last week comparing women in burkas to “letter boxes” and “bank robbers”.