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Submitted by Michael A. (United States), Feb 21, 2013 at 17:22

Many Muslims are more than happy to let Westerners think this covering is a religious garment, somehow required. It's not. It represents a millenium or more of female subjugation as pure chattel in certain cultures. Women without one, in a male-dominant Arab world, are taught that they are inviting stares, attacks and worse. In today's wealthiest Arab countries, like Saudi Arabia, women are not allowed to drive or be educated. Even the ability to read is considered a threat to their 4th century mindset.

The very essence of "liberty" in the U.S. and Europe should by definition restrict admission of those who desire to live in "fear" and carry on their culture of fear. "When in Rome do as the Romans do" should be a common sense rule when it comes to living in a free society. They choice is theirs when they get on their plane.

Most developed societies have rules against "indecent exposure" when there is no serious crime risk. A full veil, equivalent to someone wearing a full ski mask at a public park or someone wearing a halloween mask for a job interview, is a slap in the face of decency in a free society where we fought a war to remove slavery. The burqa is worn by those who feel that they are still slaves to their cultural fears.

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