DENMARK - Banning Face Veils in Public

Arno Froese

The Danish parliament enacted the face ban in May, joining France and some other European countries to uphold what some politicians say are secular and democratic values.

But Sabina, 21, who is studying to be a teacher, joined forces with other Muslim women who wear the veil to form Kvinder I Dialog (Women In Dialogue) to protest and raise awareness about why women should be allowed to express their identity in that way.

The niqab wearers who plan to protest will be joined by non-niqab-wearing Muslim women and also non-Muslim Danes, most of whom plan to wear face coverings at the rally.

“Everybody wants to define what Danish values are,” said Meryem, 20, who was born in Denmark to Turkish parents and has been wearing the niqab since before meeting her husband, who supports her right to wear it but feels life could be easier without. 

Under the law, police will be able to instruct women to remove their veils or order them to leave public areas. Justice Minister Soren Pape Poulsen said officers would fine them and tell them to go home. 

Fines will range from 1,000 Danish crowns ($160) for a first offense to 10,000 crowns for a fourth violation. 

Mathias Vidas Olsen, who makes reproductions of Viking age jewelry, is supporting the campaign against the ban by making special bracelets and giving the proceeds to Kvinder I Dialog. 

“I’m not for or against the niqab,” the 29-year-old Copenhagen man said. “I’m for the right of the people to wear whatever they want whether they be a Muslim or a punk. 

“I see this as the government reaching in to places they don’t belong and as a cheap hit on an already stigmatized group to score cheap political points.”, 30 July 2018

Arno's commentary

Although this new law has already been enforced in several cases, the face-covering issue is by no means solved. People who were born in the country and educated there feel left out because of their religion. In opposition, many point to Muslim nations, in particular Saudi Arabia, which has written laws forbidding a person to carry a Bible. Doubtless, there is much discrimination on both sides.

What does the future look like? Based on Bible prophecy, it is evident that the nations of the world will come to an agreement religiously, as well as politically and economically. There are innumerable organizations and movements attempting to unify the various religions of the world. Scripture confirms they will be successful. In the end, the words of Revelation 13:8 will be fulfilled: “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him…” That is, the image of the beast.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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