48 hours ago i held Birmingham Metropolitan College in high regard for their banning of head wear and face coverings which included the niqab and burka for Muslim females. Which makes sense because who knows who or what’s really lurking beneath the black blanket. It made a change to see somebody make a sensible decision even if it did risk upsetting the minority of the minority that actually wear them. Things soon change, They have gone from hero to zero in the time it took them to roll over and say to the moaning Muslims “OK, we changed our minds you can wear your burka”
PATHETIC !!!! WHAT A BUNCH OF STUPID MUSLIM APPEASING DHIMMIS BIRMINGHAM METROPOLITAN COLLEGE ARE !!!!!
By going back on their original statement Birmingham college have done the worse thing possible. Their gutless cowardly U-turn has not only have they put a nail in their own coffin they have put one in every other place of educations coffin as well, who may at some point wished to introduce similar rules on face coverings.
What sort of message have the college dhimmis sent out for the future. Moan …moan… moan….cry discrimination and we will look like fools by giving in to Muslim demands. The decision makers should have known better. It is a much often used stealth jihad tactic. When it comes to moaning ,spitting dummies out and playing the victim nobody does it better than Muslims.
Birmingham Metropolitan College U-turn statement appears to only be in regards Muslims wearing face coverings and discriminates against the majority non-Muslims with the ban on non identity concealing clothing such as hats and hoodies still in place. Both of which are a popular items of clothing worn by Britain’s youth. They are more part of British life than Muslim Burkas are that is for sure.
Where was the ‘White Students Union(sic)’ fighting the corner of the majority when you need them? OH SILLY ME, of course there isn’t one because that would be deemed as racist. Unlike the exclusive ‘Black’ Students Union which is not considered racist by leftists who were putting pressure on the powers that be to reverse the ban on face coverings claiming it’s discriminating against Muslims. Race agitator Aaron Kiely from the union claimed the ban was ‘a clear violation of a woman’s right to choose.’ Therefore in a non sexist world a man should have the same rights to choose also – to wear a balaclava or ski mask to class then!
There are 100’s of thousands British people of all ages and walks of life that feel extremely uncomfortable and intimidated in the presence of Muslim women with anti social face coverings on. Even more daunting would be needing to have some kind of interaction with them. Hardly appealing talking to a pair of eyes. They give off negative vibes just by looking at them. “Lost ?? Tough. Do not approach me and ask for directions you low kafir”
Regardless of the excuses or religious reasons given by Islamists to justify wearing the niqab/burka there is nothing in the Quran ordering Muslim women to wear them. If it was then every Muslim woman would be walking round in them not just 10 % of them. Also very few Muslim women actually wear them by choice although they may tell you otherwise to avoid a beating. It will be some control freak Islamic extremist family member ordering them to wear them. The kind of Islamofascist male that thinks its acceptable to beat and sexually abuse women because they are beneath the male and its his God-given right to do so. Taliban oppressive Islamic ideology.
BAN THE BURKA – If they want to wear it so badly there is plenty of Islamic countries where they can wear it 24/7
Ban on Muslim students wearing religious veils scrapped by Birmingham college after public outcry
- Birmingham Metropolitan College had asked teenagers to remove items
- Staff said it was for safety and ensures people are ‘identifiable at all times’
- But guidelines divided opinion, with one 17-year-old calling it ‘disgusting’
- David Cameron backed educational institutions setting their own rules
- But Deputy PM Nick Clegg said he was ‘uneasy’ about the idea
By MATT CHORLEY, MAILONLINE POLITICAL EDITOR
PUBLISHED: 09:11, 13 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:02, 13 September 2013
A college which tried to ban pupils wearing the full facial veil for security reasons has abandoned the rule after a public outcry.
All students, staff and visitors to Birmingham Metropolitan College were told they must have their faces visible at all times so they are ‘easily identifiable’.
But the move was heavily criticised by some students, one describing the policy as disgusting. Nick Clegg said he was ‘uneasy’ about the idea.
More than 800 people claimed they planned to attend a protest against the policy today to stand up to what they said was an ‘Islamophobic’ decision.
David Cameron’s spokesman said the Prime Minister defended the right of educational institutions to be able to ‘set and enforce their own school uniform policies’.
But Deputy Prime Minister Mr Clegg said he felt ‘uneasy’ about a veil ban in a schools, although he could understand why it was needed to identify people at airport checkouts.
The college which has 44,000 students and is the third largest in the UK, said headwear poses a security risk and their policy ‘includes the removal of hoodies, hats, caps and veils so that faces are visible’.
This would stop female Muslim pupils from wearing the niqab, the full facial veil where only the woman’s eyes are visible, or the burqa where the eye area is covered in mesh.
But the college has now issued a statement saying it has decided to modify its stance to allow individuals to wear ‘specific items of personal clothing to reflect their cultural values’.
More than 9,000 people signed an online petition set up by NUS Black Students’ Campaign calling on the college’s principal Dr Christine Braddock to remove the ban.
Two Muslim students at the Birmingham Metropolitan College campus in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands. The college have banned Muslim girls from wearing a veil. Eyes, nose and mouth all have to be visibleAaron Kiely, NUS Black Students’ officer, said: ‘The NUS Black Students’ Campaign completely condemns the decision by Birmingham Metropolitan College to ban Muslim students from wearing veils on campus.’This ban is a complete infringement on the rights to religious freedom and cultural expression and is a clear violation of a woman’s right to choose.’A statement posted on the college’s Facebook page last night said: ‘Birmingham Metropolitan College is committed to high quality education for all of our learners.’We are concerned that recent media attention is detracting from our core mission of providing high quality learning.
‘As a consequence, we will modify our policies to allow individuals to wear specific items of personal clothing to reflect their cultural values.
‘The college will still need to be able to confirm an individual’s identity in order to maintain safeguarding and security.
‘The necessity to comply with national regulations, examination board requirements and applicable legislation will remain an overriding priority in all circumstances, as will the need to ensure that effective teaching and learning methodologies are applied.
‘We have listened to the views of our students and we are confident that this modification to our policies will meet the needs of all of our learners and stakeholders.
‘We remain committed to ensuring that students are provided with a safe and welcoming environment and the best education and training opportunities available.’
Split: David Cameron backed schools and colleges to enforce uniform rules but Nick Clegg said he felt ‘uneasy’ about telling people what they should wear
Birmingham Ladywood Labour MP Shabana Mahmood welcomed the college’s change in policy.
She said: ‘This change in policy is enormously welcome. The college has made a wise decision to rethink its policy on banning veils for a group of women who would have potentially been excluded from education and skills training at the college had the ban been enforced.
‘My thanks go out to all those who backed the campaign.’
WHY SCHOOLS ARE ALLOWED TO BAN MUSLIM HEADWEAR
Headteachers have the power to order students to remove veils after a series of high profile legal cases.
In a key 2007 case, a High Court judge rejected a bid by a pupil to be allowed to wear the niqab in class.
Although the 12-year-old’s three older sisters had worn the headwear at the same school in Buckinghamshire, teachers said it impeded their ability to communicate with her.
They said they needed to be able to tell if a pupil was paying attention, engaged with her work or distressed.
After the case, the Government issued guidance that enabled headteachers to ban full-face veils on grounds of security, safety or learning.
It said teachers were justified in enforcing uniform rules which mean they can see and make eye contact with pupils.
Schools need to be able to identify pupils to maintain order in classrooms and to spot any intruders, it added.
But rather than a French-style blanket ban on face coverings in all public spaces, the Department of Education said institutions could outlaw the coverings as long as they carried out a proper consultation.
Updated Government guidance released last year clearly continues to back heads who choose to ban face-coverings.
It says it is ‘still lawful’ to restrict the freedom of pupils to express their religion on the grounds of ‘health, safety and the protection of the rights and freedoms of others’.
And religious freedoms do not mean pupils can practise their beliefs ‘at any time, in any place, or in any particular manner,’ the guidance adds.