"I do think that we all have to be very careful about the language and terms we use".
A top Conservative known for flamboyant phrasing and eccentric stunts, Johnson is facing an internal Conservative investigation over his remarks, which have reignited a debate over religious facial coverings and split his party.
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Schools and universities should be able to take the same approach if a student "turns up. looking like a bank robber". Such full covering clothing has been already banned in France.
"Is Islamophobia, in fact a "natural reaction" or is it one of the by-products of a white, male-dominated Government, which continues to spew racist and sexist rhetoric, diminishing the status of Muslim women as British people?" "I think Boris is making yet another leadership bid and he will do and say whatever needs to be done to make that as successful as he can". Nevertheless we do so because we believe it is a means to get closer to God. He has not said sorry.
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A source told the BBC that it was "ridiculous" to attack the former minister's views.
'Johnson did not go far enough.
"The women who wear the niqab and report into us clearly report to us they are called telephone boxes, letter boxes, bin bags, when they are abused and when they are assaulted".
In the column, Johnson said that Denmark's burqa ban was wrong despite the garment being oppressive to women.
"It's ridiculous these views are being attacked - we mustn't fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on hard issues", the source said. "If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we're simply yielding ground to reactionaries & extremists".