Some nations are Muslim dominated and naturally embrace that culture and its traditions. Others are experiencing an influx of Muslims and are cowering before the Muslim migrants’ demands: that their host countries assimilate into the Muslim culture as opposed to the other way around. And then there are those nations that are standing firm.
Norway would be one of the latter. They have determined that if Muslims wish to live in their nation, they must adopt much of the Norwegian lifestyle and customs. It’s a refreshing change from the nonsense that we are seeing in France and Germany, and in parts of the US.
Specifically, Norway is about to pass a law that would ban Islamic veils in all of their schools. This would extend form daycare centers all the way through universities. They claim the niqab, or full face veil, impedes communication. And they are right.
“Norway’s ruling coalition of conservative and anti-immigration rightwing parties had promised the ban last year, targeting the full-face veil called the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks.
“‘We do not want clothes covering the face in nurseries, schools and universities,’ Minister of Education and Research Torbjorn Roe Isaksen said in a statement.
“‘These clothes prevent good communication, which is important for students to receive a good education,’ he added.”
Norway is an example of good sense. If these Muslim young ladies wish to wear these veils at home or in places of worship, that’s their business. But they’ve chosen to come to Norway, so they should be expected to adopt some Norwegian customs, especially in public.
“‘Clothes covering the face, like the niqab and the burqa, have no place in Norwegian schools. It is a fundamental value to be able to communicate with each other,’ Per Sandberg, interim minister of immigration and integration, said.”
While the Norwegian schools can already ban the niqab and the burqa, this legislation, if passed, will make this a national policy. It is expected to have the votes to be enacted when the vote is to take place in early 2018.
What would be terrific now would be for other Western nations to insist that migrants show some respect for the existing culture, as opposed to claiming to be offended and insisting that their host nations change their cultures and even their laws to accommodate migrants.
In other words, Ms. Merkel of Germany could take some lessons on how to lead a Western democracy from the leaders of Norway.