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Indecent unexposure

Reader comment on item: Niqabs and Burqas - The Veiled Threat Continues

Submitted by R.K. (United States), Sep 2, 2009 at 15:25

It's obvious that a Western visitor to a typical Muslim-Arab country would not last long wearing a European bathing suit at the beach or poolside. They're not even allowed to have a Bible or celebrate any Christian or Jewish holidays in the entire country (unless it's in a cave.) (In fact, they're not even allowed in the country if they're Jewish.) Those countries consider a woman showing her face or even ankles a form of criminal "indecent exposure," just as Westerners would consider a man or walking downtown naked. We have our standards of decency and limits.

Those limits to freedom and personal expression are obvious to all - especially Muslims who choose to live in those countries. They have no more "right" to dress to their personal standards of fear-driven modesty than a Westerner would have to wear their own immodest clothes (unfearful and free) in Muslim society. A willingness, usually a desire, to join a Western society means accepting its norms of behavior and written laws. These are not secret. Once the laws in Western societies are ignored or bent, then all laws become bendable and breakable and the whole society can start crumbling from within. It's happened before in ancient history.

We don't allow citizens to walk down the street carrying assault weapons or spears for personal protection from their hidden or cultural demons, even when acceptable in their previous countries. If women who choose to live in a Western country, one that prides itself on personal freedom above all else, are unable to rid themselves of their personal demons, there is no reason they should be surprised at their unwelcome reception. The fact that a criminal can use this form of masking their personal identity is obvious, and its growing use in crime should also be obvious. Once a society's laws are bent to allow this form of public masking, that society should not complain or be surprised that its other laws will soon be undermined. Once a home throws a public "open" party, it typically becomes their last..

"Indecent Unexposure" should be made a law in every country that values personal freedom and considers masking one's identity a potential public threat - even if they're not in line at the bank or browsing a jewelry department. Laws are made to protect individuals from other individuals. Once we allow individuals to mask or hide their identity, the foundation and purpose of the Law becomes undermined, that society loses its natural "resistance." Crime grows and becomes a symptom of weakened moral immunity and health with a poor prognosis.

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