Authorities in Syria banned wearing the niqab, a veil that covers the face, in public universities earlier this week. The niqab has become increasingly popular in the secular country. Authorities banned the garment in an effort to prevent the country from turning to radical Islam, according to CBS News.
One source told CBS news that the Minister of Education, Ghyath Barakat, "totally rejected [the niqab] phenomena which contradicts with the academic values and traditional morals and ethics of the Syrian society." The government has already reassigned hundreds of niqab-wearing school-teachers to administrative offices where they would not have contact with students, according to the Associated Press.
Syria's decision comes just days after France's lower house of parliament approved a ban the burqa in a 335 to 1 vote. Belgium, the Netherlands and also have similar bans on the garment. Spain is also considering banning the burqa.
Media Resources: CBS News 7/18/10; Associated Press 7/19/10; Feminist Daily Newswire 7/13/10
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .