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Wycombe MP Steve Baker: burka ban ‘just absurd’ (From Bucks Free Press)

At the end of an interview at a community event at Sir William Ramsay School, I was asked to comment on recent discussions regarding banning the burka (we might more accurately have discussed the niqab): CREATING a law to ban the burka would be “just absurd”, Wycombe MP Steve Baker says. The wearing of the Islamic face veil has been the subject of a heated debate this week. It follows Tory MP Philip Hollobone’s comments that he would not meet […]

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Ruling against violence

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I had the honour this evening of attending Jubilee Road Mosque, High Wycombe, to speak at a meeting discussing a fatwa against terrorism, led by its author. The ruling by Dr Gilani predates, I understand, that given by Dr Tahir ul-Qadri, which received more publicity. While the proceedings were conducted mostly in Arabic and Urdu, the atmosphere conveyed the sentiment: that we should live in peace and brotherly love. This was the thrust of my speech. I was treated with great […]

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