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Belgium became the second European country to ban the burqa, or Muslim face veil on Saturday.

The decision was widely criticised, especially by Muslim groups outside of Europe. It comes after France introduced a similar ban earlier this year.

Parliament first passed the law by a vote of 149-1 in April 2010. But the legislation has been held up because of the crisis affecting the Belgian government.

The law forbids covering your face in public for security reasons.

It’s thought around 270 Muslim women who wear the veil in Belgium will be affected. They could face a fine of more than 130 euros and have to spend up to a week in jail if caught.

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One thing that strikes me when I visit Belgium is that there seem to be far more muslim women (of North African origin) who dress and behave in western fashion (hair uncovered, lipstick, high heels etc) compared to, say, Pakistani women, in the UK. Hijabs are quite common but hidden faces and full burqas comparatively rare, though I suppose there may be hardcore enclaves where a woman covering her face has been near compulsory.

Police officers attempting to enforce the burka ban get head-butted by muslima of the religion of peace.


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Most Western societies are based on Secular Democracy, which itself is based on the concept that the open marketplace of ideas leads to the optimum government. Whilst that model has been very successful, it has defects. The 4 Freedoms address 4 of the principal vulnerabilities, and gives corrections to them. 

At the moment, one of the main actors exploiting these defects, is Islam, so this site pays particular attention to that threat.

Islam, operating at the micro and macro levels, is unstoppable by individuals, hence: "It takes a nation to protect the nation". There is not enough time to fight all its attacks, nor to read them nor even to record them. So the members of 4F try to curate a representative subset of these events.

We need to capture this information before it is removed.  The site already contains sufficient information to cover most issues, but our members add further updates when possible.

We hope that free nations will wake up to stop the threat, and force the separation of (Islamic) Church and State. This will also allow moderate Muslims to escape from their totalitarian political system.

The 4 Freedoms

These 4 freedoms are designed to close 4 vulnerabilities in Secular Democracy, by making them SP or Self-Protecting (see Hobbes's first law of nature). But Democracy also requires - in addition to the standard divisions of Executive, Legislature & Judiciary - a fourth body, Protector of the Open Society (POS), to monitor all its vulnerabilities (see also Popper). 
1. SP Freedom of Speech
Any speech is allowed - except that advocating the end of these freedoms
2. SP Freedom of Election
Any party is allowed - except one advocating the end of these freedoms
3. SP Freedom from Voter Importation
Immigration is allowed - except where that changes the political demography (this is electoral fraud)
4. SP Freedom from Debt
The Central Bank is allowed to create debt - except where that debt burden can pass across a generation (25 years).

An additional Freedom from Religion is deducible if the law is applied equally to everyone:

  • Religious and cultural activities are exempt from legal oversight except where they intrude into the public sphere (Res Publica)"

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