A Burka Ban in St. Gallen

A canton in Switzerland has voted to tighten the rules on facial concealment in public spaces. Many thanks to Ava Lon for translating this article from the Basler Zeitung:

St. Gallen [a canton in eastern Switzerland] moves towards a burka ban

July 14, 2017

In the cantonal council of St. Gallen, there is a tightening of the prohibition on total concealment. Dispensations at schools will also become more restrictive.

The canton of St. Gallen is about to ban concealment of the face — for example, by a burka — in the public space in general. This is requested by the Advisory Committee of the Cantonal Council. The government had opposed such a ban.

In September the Cantonal Council of the canton of St. Gallen advises an amendment of the Volksschulgesetz, which, among other things, provides for dress codes. The impetus for this was given by several motions. The Pre-Advisory Committee recommends the proposition and broadly supports the government’s proposals, as the canton announced on Friday.

The Commission is calling for a tightening of the ban on facial concealment. “That’s how it is,” confirmed Commissioner Linus Thalmann (SVP) [Schweizerische Volkspartei, Swiss People’s Party] at the request of the news agency SDA. In the communiqué, the ban is immediately effective.

Evaluate each individual case

Anyone wearing a facial covering in a public space is to be punished with penalties as long as the person “threatens or endangers public security or religious or social peace”. Whether such a threat or threat is present should be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

How this should work practically, Thalmann did not say. This must then be discussed in the cantonal council. The Commission’s intention is to implement the will of those who made the motion.

The government had opposed a general burka ban last April. There was no public interest in it, she argued. Instead, the government wanted facial coverings to be removed during any contact with government employees and the authorities.

Dress codes in the school

The government also wants to codify the rules on clothing at public schools — but only in a general sense: the duty of schoolchildren to “dress correctly” should be an obligation for schoolchildren. Clothes should not endanger undisturbed instruction or school peace.

The Education Council should formulate specific clothing regulations. In addition, the school communities may adopt supplementary regulations. It would not be permissible to have a headscarf ban in class [i.e. a headscarf would be acceptable in class]. At the end of 2015, the Federal Supreme Court ruled that such a prohibition was inadmissible in the case of a pupil from St. Margrethen SG (canton St Gallen).

Restrictive in dispensations

With another new clause in the public school law, the government wants to grant the schools authority. Dispensations of individual subjects — for example swimming lessons — for religious reasons are to be granted more restrictively in the future.

7 thoughts on “A Burka Ban in St. Gallen

  1. Women will have to cover anyway soon, if levels of illegal migration continue to rise as the Illuminati and Jesuits and other Do Gooders panic over Trump’s move towards freedom and populism. But the public are showing signs of having seen and “had enough” of it all. My local copper said (precis), “People are very very angry and frustrated and if the truth be know we in”The Job” (Police slang) are sick of enforcing rotten laws against ordinary people, We are the ones that have to take the abuse and if this continues, we will not be able to cope ‘cos’ there are not enough of us! Many are now leaving. I had to deal with a case last Month because a bloke complained about his English neighbour cooking pork! I had to fill out pages of reports. It is coming to something when we cannot cook certain foods because it might offend! ****** stupid!”

    • I am sorry about the things you have to do,but do you really?
      That plaintiff could not be sent home or fined for waste of police time?Or recieve a spanking?Just an idea…..

  2. ** The government had opposed such a ban. **

    Obeisance to the foreigner is the sacred First Principle of all European governments.

  3. St.Gallen is a very beautiful city and the view should not be spoiled by walking black garbage bags !

  4. I suspect that any attempt to enforce this ban on any individual
    Will immediately attract a mob reaction, chanting Allah Akbar,
    Blocking of public spaces with prayer mats and ostentatious
    Praying etc.

    When tackling the individual the Swiss will also need to tackle
    And face down the inevitable hysterical mob reaction.

    Please god I do hope so or they are just going to exacerbate the
    Problem they have stupidly inflicted on themselves.

  5. Obviously this type of laws are treating the symptom not the disease. So what if they ban burqa now? Islam fighting against the Western world for 1400 years. What is another 100 years for them to gain majority and then “democratically” vote for Sharia and make burqa and everything else mandatory?!

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