Tantawi: the Italian bigots’ imam
Much as I suspected that the snake Tantawi’s words would be thrown in the faces of Muslims in the West, this has now happened, as an MP from Silvio Berlusconi’s political machine “People of Freedom” has cited him as justification for banning the ‘burka’ in Italy:
The Northern League’s proposal would amend a 1975 law, introduced amid concern over domestic terrorism, which bans anyone wearing anything which makes their identification impossible.
However, this law allows for “justified cause” which until now local courts have interpreted to include religious reasons against bans.
The League’s Roberto Cota said: “We are not racist and we have nothing against Muslims but the law must be equal for everyone.”
MP Barbara Saltamartini, of the People of Freedom, said: “Banning the burka cannot be considered anti-Muslim because it is not obligatory in Islam.
“The Imam of Al-Azhar university in Cairo, the highest authority in Sunni Islam, has just stated unequivocally that Muslim women have the right to their own identity and that the burka is not part of Muslim tradition.”
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