German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is running for re-election after allowing millions of undocumented migrants from Muslim majority countries in Germany last week announced that Germany would start banning the burka.
Minister of Defence of Germany has refused to wear a traditional head covering during a visit with a Saudi Arabia Prince, claiming that women have the right as men do to wear what they choose.
According to Sputnik International news: Ursula von der Leyen has refused to wear the hijab – a veil traditionally worn by Muslim women – or abaya , a full length robe, when she met with the Deputy Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud in Saudi capital of Riyadh last Wednesday.
“The right to choose your own clothing is a right shared by men and women alike. It annoys me, when women are to be pushed into the Abaya,” Das Bild reported Leyen statement..
According to reports, the woman in the picture below, was arrested last week in Saudi Arabia for publishing a picture of herself without a burka on social media:
When photographs of Leyen, minus the hijab, hit the social media, some Saudis went on Twitter to blast her. NYP
This Egyptian Infantry and Air Force veteran greeted her decision to ditch the hijab:
“The German Defense Minister: not wearing the hijab in Saudi was deliberate. This is an insult to Saudi Arabia,” read one tweet.
“Political Correctness has been overridden”
“The defense minister has admitted a complicity of politics in the crisis of confidence of democracy. To express oneself politically correctly is in itself no civilization achievement”, says von der Leyen.
Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) shares responsibility about the current crisis of confidence in democracy. Grand coalition, leading to a “slowness of explanation” with less violent and lively debate, deputy chairman of the CDU, told the news magazine “Spiegel”. The crisis has also been promoted by political correctness. “Yes, the political correctness has been overridden,” said von der Leyen, “the social pressure to respond homogeneously was too high.”
According to Frankfurter Algemeine Politik:
“There is a difference between political correctness and civilizing achievements, “a limit below which people are simply insulted, oppressed, offended, or verbally discriminated against”. In the American election campaign, this limit was underscored clearly: “We are in a negotiating process, and I think it is worth fighting for what is actually a civilization achievement.”
Leyen, decked out in a crisp dark pantsuit, said she “respects the customs and traditions of the country. [In Germany] one is free to choose his or her attire accordingly,” Sputnik reported.
The incident occurred after German Chancellor Angela Merkel recently called for a ban on wearing the burkas in her country.