Spiegel online posted an interview today with Thorbjørn Jagland, the Council of Europe Secretary General, on Burqa bans. Jagland pleads for a more pragmatic approach. He says, “If thousands and thousands of young girls were really wearing a burqa, then we would have to have legal intervention. But I think we can handle this in a very pragmatic way. And is it really such a big problem that young girls are wearing a headscarf? If a father is forcing a daughter to wear a burqa or a headscarf, then it is a problem for that girl. But is it a big problem for the whole of society?”
Banning the burqa is a bad idea. Europeans must learn to accept that even though they don’t like it, banning it altogether is an infringement on the individual rights that Western societies are usually known to protect.