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Rules of Western law and "indecent concealment"

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Submitted by Paul (United States), Feb 23, 2013 at 16:09

We should add an opposite rule: According to Wikipedia, " 'Indecent exposure' is the deliberate exposure in public or in view of the general public by a person of a portion or portions of his or her body, in circumstances where the exposure is contrary to local moral or other standards of appropriate behavior. Social and community attitudes to the exposing of various body parts and laws covering what is referred to as indecent exposure vary significantly in different countries."

In an increasing number of Islamic countries, the exposure of any part of the female body is considered indecent. When Western women visit those countries, it's recommended that they wear the 'abaya' , the long loose-fitting black cover-all. If you do not wear an abaya you risk being stopped and spoken to by the religious police (mutawwa). If you are with your husband, he is the one who will be approached and told to make sure that his wife is properly dressed. In public, dancing, playing music, and showing movies are also forbidden.

In an age when some conceal their terrorist activities by hiding their weapons and explosives under clothing, allowing them to walk among public markets crowded with shoppers and blow themselves up, public concealment of one's self is a major threat. There is plenty of precedence in Muslim countries where dictating customary dress codes is accepted. If Western women can be forced to hide their face in those countries, Muslim women should be required by law and common sense to do the opposite here. We all now take off our shoes and metal items when boarding a plane, for security of others, coincidentally caused by Muslim terroristm. Burka-wearing women should be required to remove their concealment clothing here, for security, and to avoid requiring friskers and x-ray machines at every public store or square.

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