Swedish political leaders refuse to become caught up in the anti-burqa, niqab controversy which has engulfed France. The French Parliament has condemned wearing of these garments and charged anyone who covers the face is somehow threatening the very existence of French culture. Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt made clear he opposed any such actions and “that’s not something I want” or will support for Sweden. He spoke in response to a discussion in his nation’s parliament where some members expressed support for banning the burqa and niqab. As Reindfeldt noted, any “such legislation shouldn’t lead to certain women being isolated even more from Swedish society.”
If a Muslim women wears either of these garments, she is active in society. The fear is passing such legislation might lead very conservative Muslim families to keep women at home and out of public participation.