As the French mull over banning the burqa (full Islamic covering for women, with only the eyes showing), the Belgians are already making up their minds. The Interior Affairs Committee of the Belgian parliament voted unanimously to prohibit the wearing of burqas in public, as a security measure.
"We cannot allow someone to claim the right to look at others without being seen," said the legislator who proposed the bill. He added that he was not targeting the classic headscarf worn by many Muslim women. The measure will be taken up by the Belgian House of Representatives in late April. Expect legal challenges! (Thanks to Jihad Watch.)