This German Publisher Speaks Out Against the Burka (“Textile Prisons”), Germans Advance “Berlin Declaration”

Dr. Hugo Müller-Vogg, a renowned journalist and former publisher of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, calls the burka “a textile prison” arguing that the burka “is about the fact that we must not allow Muslim men to polish their ego by discriminating against their wives.”

He writes:

“It is mainly about the question of what we accept as part of our self-image as an open, pluralistic society, and from which point onwards our tolerance towards the intolerant will endanger our own freedom.

“Those Islamist fanatics who force their women to wear a burka and niqab don’t make it a secret that they are at war – the war against the ‘infidels’, a war against the Western world, a war against the achievements of education, etc.

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“This way the burka wearers see themselves as walking advertising pillars: They bear witness to the nearing end of the decadent Western world.

“If we thus support the Islamist fanatics in their oppression of their women, they would be able to increase the pressure on other men to also force their own wives into the textile prison when they want to go outside.”

According to a recent survey conducted by the German researcher firm Infratest dimap and commissioned by the German broadcaster ARD, 81 percent of Germans oppose women wearing the burka in public. They are also demanding that the German government ban the Burka

The move to ban the burka is part of the “Berlin Declaration,” which was drafted to improve national security.

The survey also found that 51 percent favor a total ban on all types of Islamic headscarves. Only 15 percent are opposed to a ban “in principle.”

Protesters demand banning the burka:


Bethany Blankley

Bethany Blankley is a political analyst for Fox News Radio and has appeared on television and radio programs nationwide. She writes about political, cultural, and religious issues in America from the perspective of an evangelical and former communications staffer. She was a communications strategist for four U.S. Senators, one U.S. Congressman, a former New York governor, and several non-profits. She earned her MA in Theology from The University of Edinburgh, Scotland and her BA in Political Science from the University of Maryland. Follow her @bethanyblankley &

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