UK PM May urges Boris Johnson to apologise for burqa comments

UK PM May urges Boris Johnson to apologise for burqa comments

The Uxbridge and South Ruislip MP has stirred the Conservative party into a frenzy with the comments, as many urged Mr Johnson to apologise and they said the comments riled up anti-Muslim sentiment.

But Taj Hargey, the imam at Oxford Islamic Congregation, said while Johnson's choice of language was unfortunate, the burka and niqab are "a nefarious component of a trendy gateway theology for religious extremism and militant Islam".

Mr Johnson made the remarks in a Daily Telegraph column.

But other Tories have come to Johnson's defence.

The burka and niqab are ugly tribal ninja-like garments that are pre-Islamic, non-Koranic and therefore un-Muslim.

Writing in The Times, he said facial maskings were "un-Muslim" and contributed to "gender-inequality and inhibiting community cohesion". If Britain is to become a fully integrated society then it is incumbent that cultural practices, personal preferences and communal customs that aggravate social division should be firmly resisted. Such full covering clothing has been already banned in France.

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Pakistani actor Armeena Khan called out former British foreign secretary Boris Johnson over his derogatory comments against women who wear the burqa.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said he should apologise, as has Conservative party chair Brandon Lewis.

Asked what she made of the language used by the ex-cabinet minister, the commissioner told the BBC Asian Network: "Some people have clearly found it offensive".

"I spoke last night to my very experienced officers who deal with hate crime and, although we have not yet received any allegation of such a crime, I can tell you that my preliminary view having spoken to them is that what Mr Johnson said would not reach the bar for a criminal offence".

"I think that this wasn't an off-the-cuff slip, he wrote a column, he knew exactly what he was doing and I think it crossed from being provocative and starting a debate and actually it became rude and gratuitous", the Scots Tory leader said.

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