Italy’s parliamentary commission has approved a draft law banning women from wearing veils that cover their faces in public. The draft law was sponsored by Souad Sbai, a Moroccan-born member of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s conservative Freedom People party.
The law, which was passed by the constitutional affairs commission Tuesday, would prohibit women from wearing a burqa, niqab or any other garment that covers the face. It would also sentence anyone who forces women to cover their faces in public to up to one year in prison and fine them $43,000. Voice of America
And take special note that Souad Sbai, the sponsor of the bill, is a Muslim woman. Now I call this a cool way to celebrate that mindful month of fasting, abstinence, and prayer: stepping out from behind the veil into 21st century Italy.