Wilders proposes shocking headscarf tax
The headscarf tax of EUR 1,000 would apply only to Muslim women, says the Freedom Party leader.The Hague – Leader of the far-right Freedom Party Geert Wilders came under the media’s spotlight again when he proposed implementing an annual Muslim headscarf tax at the annual political debate Thursday.
The proposed tax of EUR 1,000 would apply only to Muslim women who want to wear the headscarf and not orthodox Christian women who don a similar headscarf.
Wilders did not explain how his proposed policy would distinct between the two religious headscarves.
All money received from the taxes would proceed to women's emancipation programmes.
The politician also said that Muslim women who want to wear headscarves should apply for a permit.
His proposal was met with much opposition in the Dutch parliament.
Nos.nl writes that Minister of Housing, Communities and Integration Van der Laan called the proposal "silly and hysterical".
D66 leader Alexander Pechtold accused Wilders of being xenophobic and for making racist statements against Muslims, reports nu.nl
This is not the first time Wilders has made such a shocking statement. In 2007, he called for the banning the Muslim holy book, the Quran and last year, he warned that Muslims were colonising the Netherlands.
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