April 29th, 2010
07:25 PM ET

Belgium's lower house votes to ban burqa

Lawmakers in Belgium on Thursday approved a ban on the wearing of burqas and other Islamic garb that covers a woman's face but the bill must still be approved by the upper house of parliament before it becomes law.

If the Senate approves it, Belgium would become the first country in Europe to ban the burqa.

The vote in the Chamber of Deputies was 136 in favor, none opposed and two abstentions, according to Dominiq van Dendossche, a press officer for the Belgian parliament.

Senate passage seems likely since the Chamber of Deputies approved it.

Human rights group Amnesty International immediately condemned the vote.

Members of parliament have said they're motivated both by security and morality in pushing for the ban.

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  1. Barry77

    It's a step in the right direction.Now they need to ban Islam, the true source of evil.

    April 30, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kyle

    Absolutely, Barry77. 🙂 Immediately following that, they need to make sure they ban Christianity, too – together they've been the source of countless wars and untold hundreds of millions of lives lost, over the past 2000 or so years 🙂

    April 30, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. taqeel

    True Kyle and after that Judisim. Which has cost many lives lately in the Middle East.

    April 30, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. john

    KUDOS BELGUIM !! religious freedom should be for religion not cults with alpha political motives and terms need to be defined asap. islam's laws are in complete conttrast with western civil law and they must not be allowed to turn our progress back to the 1400s. women and children must be protected!

    April 30, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. john

    everyone... of every color, gender or age, must be idenifiable at all times in all public spaces for everyones protection. islam must get their radical views under control or get out of civil nations. period !

    April 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • eastcoast6

      Exactly!

      July 6, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john

    why is it muslims cant seem to remember chrisatians, jews pagans and everyone else too, lived in the middle east before the backward grip of islam came via death to infidels.

    April 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert

    I totally support Belgium's decision, and I believe it is a small step in the right direction. It is long past time that Western civilization confronted Islamic Totalitarians that "No" means No. Belgium and France are the pioneers; the rest of the European Union should follow and replicate this law. Let's hope America join our European allies and impose a complete ban on Islamic headgear before the symbolic 10th Anniversary of 9/11!

    May 1, 2010 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    Totally agree with the ban and if these people dont like simply go back to their roots. I am yet to believe these women wear it because they want to but simply because it is mens way of dominating women, look what happens to women who dont comply. Let alone the religion that promotes regular beating of women to keep them in their place !!! hello

    May 1, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |