A Georgia state-lawmaker sent a massive message to Muslims this week when he introduced a bill that would ban women from wearing burqas in public.
Right Wing News reported that Republican Jason Spencer (180th District, Woodbine) said his constituents moved him to present the bill due to fears of “terrorism.” The bill would also not allow people to wear burqas for driver’s license photos, or even when they drive a vehicle.
Spencer is trying to edit the bill to include the words hijab and niqab, as they are other terms for a burqa. If the legislation is passed, it will join the state’s anti-Ku Klux Klan laws meant to stop Klan members from wearing hoods and other masks to conceal their identity.
The Georgia politician is sure that his plan will stop terrorists.
“This bill is simply a response to constituents that do have concerns of the rise of Islamic terrorism, and we in the State of Georgia do not want our laws used against us,” Spencer said.
Spencer also said the bill would do wonders for public safety.
“Number one, you’re not a public safety risk by blocking and obstructing your vision while on the road, but also that you’re identifiable to law enforcement,” he said.
The new part of the bill would read:
“A person is guilty of a misdemeanor when he or she wears a mask, hood, or device by which any portion of the face is so hidden, concealed or covered as to conceal the identity of the wearer and is upon any public way or public property or upon the private property of another without the written permission of the owner or occupier of the property to do so.”
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