Sunday, October 25, 2009

Muslim student, 18, banned from college because she refuses to remove her burkha

'It is my choice to wear the veil': Shawana Bilqes refused to remove her cover-all Islamic robes at college

At last, a British school that refuses to back down in the face of Muslim demands for special accommodation.  The staff presents rational and clear reasons for refusing to allow a Muslim woman to hide hr face behind a veil while on campus.  The school will certainly become the target of Muslim rage for daring to defy Islamic demands.  Hopefully, the staff will resist the pressure that will be brought against them.

If the tide of special accommodations for Muslims is not stopped soon, Western societies will find themselves no longer free men, but groveling dhimmitude under Islamic domination.


Muslim student, 18, banned from college because she refuses to remove her burkha
By Liz Hull 

Last updated at 12:47 AM on 24th October 2009

A Muslim student has been banned from enrolling at a college because she refused to remove her burkha.
Shawana Bilqes, 18, wanted to wear the garment  -  which covers her body and face, leaving only her eyes visible  -  during lessons.
But staff at Burnley College refused to enrol her, claiming the burkha was a barrier to 'safety and communication'.

In a strongly worded statement, the college said 'unimpeded' face to face contact between teachers and students was vital.
Miss Bilqes, who wanted to study an access course for a diploma, has now been forced to abandon her plans and is looking elsewhere to complete her studies.

Yesterday she said: 'It is my choice to wear the veil.
'I live around the corner from the college in an area where there are so many practising Muslims.

'I tried to compromise but they wouldn't. The college sent me a letter to say I could continue with my course if I stopped wearing the veil.
'We are in the 21st century and we get people from all walks of life. I'm in the police cadets as well and yet it's not a problem wearing the veil there.'
John Smith, principal of the college, in Burnley, defended the actions of his staff.

He said that a student's face must be fully visible to maintain high standards of teaching between staff and pupils, adding that it was crucial to wear photo ID around the campus for security reasons.
'We do require all students of Burnley College to have their faces visible when at the college,' he said.

'We are determined to maintain the highest standards of teaching and learning. To do this effectively requires unimpeded communication from the teacher to all students, from the students to the teacher and between student and student.

'It is not possible to maintain this essential full communication if the face of any student is not fully visible.
'We are also determined to provide a safe environment for all our students. Central to this is that all members of the college community should be identifiable at all times.

'To this end we require students and staff to wear a security card which displays their photograph.