Boris Johnson: More than half of voters believe they SHOULD apologize for burka comments

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CONTROVERSY: Boris has caused a storm over his comment burka

The Tory caused a "civil war" within the party when he wrote that the Muslim women who wore the veils looked like "mailboxes" or "bank robbers" in a newspaper column.

However, a ComRes poll on The Sunday Express showed support for Johnson.

The sympathy was much higher among the older respondents, with 77% of those over 65 and 63% of 55-64 years of age saying that they should not face discipline, while 62% of 18-24 year olds and 55% of those in the The age group of 25-34 said it should.

The survey also found Theresa May, who criticized Boris's comments, barely above him in popularity, with 26% preferring her as the conservative leader versus 24% for Boris Johnson.

Although Boris said that Britain should not do the same with Denmark and ban the burqa, a debate has erupted over its column.

"The burqa and the niqab are horrible ninja-type tribal garments that are pre-Islamic, not Quranic and, therefore, non-Muslim."

Imam Taj Hargey

The Bishop of the Anglican Church, Michael Nazir-Ali, said he believes that burkas should be banned "for reasons of national security" in an interview with the Mail on Sunday.

The Pakistani-born cleric said: "We have all seen how even male terrorists have escaped arrest by donning a burka and effectively escaping."

"For reasons of national security, there will be places like Parliament or Whitehall or councils and chambers of the council where the burka is not allowed."

A respected British Imam and scholar also got in line.

Imam Taj Hargey, of the Islamic Congregation of Oxford, described the burka as a "horrible tribal dress similar to the ninja".

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FREE CHOICE: A woman in a protest burka in Uxbridge

Writing in The Times, Dr. Hargey said: "The burqa and the niqab are horrible ninja-type tribal garments that are pre-Islamic, not Quranic and, therefore, non-Muslim."

He also said that the burka was "nefarious" and a "fashionable entrance door" for militant Islam.

A niqab is a veil that covers the face but leaves the area around the eyes clear, while a burka is a one-piece veil that can leave a mesh screen over the eyes to see.

Islamic feminists often debate whether the full coverage of the face is a symbol of subjugation or the right of a woman to choose what she wears.