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The Inhumanity of Covering One's Faces

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Dec 11, 2016 at 05:28

Dear Daniel Pipes,

I'm rather surprised that
no popular movement exists on ant-Sexism grounds,
or on Human Rights grounds,
which criticizes this religious practice.

There has been research of the significance of face recognition by infants.
As I recollect from my undergraduate studies days
a baby is born with the capacity to recognize her mothers face.
According a woman who covers her face in public is inhuman.
The face is not a sexual body part except in Wahhabi or Salafi denominations.

Religious freedom is a license to do what one wants under that banner.
Torturing an animal under the claim that it if a religious ritual is illegal in most civilized jurisdictions.
Similarly, a religious culture which brainwashes its women to cover their faces in public
should be discouraged on the grounds that it is uncivilized and sexist.
Why aren't Muslim men walking around in public covering their faces?
Even forcing women, through religious indoctrination to cover their hair is sexist.
Feminists should voice this protest most vocally, especial fellow Sisters.

As we are intolerant of Suicide Bombing, we should discriminate against families
which migrate to any Western country from any other country
when their adult women or trier minor girls cover their faces on the grounds of "modesty."
Doing otherwise is a step backwards in the march of Civilization;
incidentally, the loss of this noun to the realm of Political Incorrectness
is due to the backward phenomena of Multiculturalism.

To single out for discrimination a handful of families
and prohibit them from seeking asylum in the West is one thing, and would be unfair.
However, to flood Europe with millions of burqa clad women (I would like to say "broads") is another.
Women in bikinis would be banned from immigrating to Saudi Arabia, for example,
if not executed as non-Muslims.

How do we raise the awareness, or conscious, of cultures which breed this kind of anti-women culture?
The answer calls for creativity, without crossing the line to illegality.
Should such adult women be insulted, discriminated against?
Yes - but within the limits of the law;
a woman who covers her face in public denies her humanity to the Other,
Accordingly, she should receive a similar dose in kind.
But it is extremely difficult to figure out how to respond to her
without going over into the realm of Criminal Conduct, a a violation of her Civil Rights.
Here's an example: posting a sign in a restaurant or apartment complex:
"Burqa Clad Women Unwelcome."
Perhaps such women also need to be confronted with Dialogues (a Chinese Communist notion)
encouraging here to defend her Dehumanizing activity
Under the Color of Religious Freedom, or Feminine Modesty.

In summary, we must find ways to discombobulate such adult clad women,
without ourselves going over into criminal conduct,
or overdoing a response that would constitute a violation of her Civil Rights.
In the United States Religious Liberty it appears
can be used to set back women in their struggle for equality.
Imagine, if you can, a Woman President of the United States - in a Burqa!

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