Mus­lim leader hits out at UKIP leader can­di­date over veil

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

A can­di­date to be the next UKIP leader has been de­scribed as “to­tally ig­no­rant” af­ter call­ing for the veil to be banned from pub­lic places.

Lisa Duffy, a dis­trict and town coun­cil­lor in Ram­sey who has shot to promi­nence in the past few weeks, said she wanted to deal with peo­ple’s fears about Is­lam by cre­at­ing a “well-rounded com­mu­nity” with “one rule for all” by ban­ning the veil in pub­lic build­ings, shop­ping cen­tres and on buses and trains.

How­ever, Ab­dul Chou dhuri, chair­man of the Faiz an e Mad­i­nah mosque in Gladstone Street, crit­i­cised Ms Duffy, say­ing: “She is to­tally ig­no­rant about the whole is­sue. She’s speak­ing just for the pub­lic­ity.

“She does not knowwhat she’s talk­ing about and it’s to­tally un­ac­cept­able. Mus­lim women have a choice whether they want to wear a veil or not. No­body is forc­ing them to.

“If her iden­tity needs to be checked then there should be no ob­jec­tion for her to re­move the veil, but I’ve not come across any­one who has ob­jected.

“Shetalks about free­dom of choice but she is deny­ing that choice to other peo­ple.”

Ms Duffy, who is chief of staff to UKIP MEP Pa­trick O’Flynn, whose of­fice is in Peter­bor­ough, also called for the clo­sure of Is­lamic faith schools un­til the prob­lem of Is­lamist ter­ror­ism is dealt with, as well as a “com­plete and com­pre­hen­sive ban” on Sharia courts in the UK.

Ms Duffy claimed a ban on veils would work sim­i­larly to ask­ing teenagers to re­move hoods or mo­tor­cy­clists to take off their hel­mets when in cer­tain pub­lic places.

She added: “Most Mus­lims are good in­di­vid­u­als, they work hard, they have great fam­i­lies and they con­trib­ute to our com­mu­ni­ties.

“This is about us work­ing to­gether to make sure there is an equal­ity within faith groups and that they have the same free­doms that you and I both share.”

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