Proposed Georgia bill attempts to restrict burqas in public

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Controversy has erupted over a proposed bill in Georgia which some believe discriminates against Muslim women.

Sponsored by Jason Spencer, a Republican representative, House Bill 3 officially addresses "...offenses against public order...relating to wearing a mask, hood, or device which conceals the identity of the wearer."

However, critics claim that the measure targets religious clothing worn by women--specifically Muslims.

They have also said that it contains wording which could mean that people with a face covering, which would include burqas, aren't allowed to be on a public road, notes WAGA.

While Spencer has admitted that such a far-reaching ban was not his intention, he has said that "people wearing head pieces while driving is a distraction and should be prohibited."

He has also dismissed accusations of bigotry but is quoted by WSB as saying, "This bill is simply a response to constituents that do have concerns of the rise of Islamic terrorism, and we in the State of Georgia do not want our laws used against us."

Spencer has indicated that he is open to making changes to the bill.

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A woman walks behind a campaign posters of the far-right Swiss People's Party depicting a woman wearing a burqa against a background of a Swiss flag upon which several minarets reading in French 'Stop - Yes to the ban on minarets' on November 23, 2009 in Corseaux near Vevey. Switzerland is expected to vote on November 29, 2009 on a referendum launched by right-wing groups on whether or not the construction of minarets should be banned. The Swiss government and all the other major political parties are recommending a 'no' vote. In a historic move, local Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders have joined forces to reject a ban on minarets. Just five minarets are believed to exist in the country. AFP PHOTO/ FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
Campaign posters of the far-right Swiss People's Party depicting a woman wearing a burqa against a background of a Swiss flag upon which several minarets resembling missiles reading in German 'Stop - Yes to ban of minarets' are pictured on October 26, 2009 at the central station in Zurich. Earlier this month, Switzerland's Commission Against Racism said that the anti-minaret poster campaign defamed the country's Muslim minority and could threaten public peace. Switzerland is expected to vote November 29 on a referendum launched by right-wing groups on whether the construction of minarets should be banned. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)
National Councillor and President of the initiative committee against wearing the Burka (Verhuellungsverbot) Walter Wobmann talks to media as members of the committee wearing burkas in protest stand in the background, at the Federal Square in Bern, Switzerland, March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
Members of the initiative committee against wearing the Burka (Verhuellungsverbot) wear burkas in protest as they stand at the Federal Square in Bern, Switzerland, March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich
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