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Reader comment on item: Ban the Burqa - and the Niqab Too

Submitted by Dr William Klein (Canada), Aug 2, 2007 at 10:21

With respect to the article on body-covering, I would like to report on a trip I made by plane between Toronto and Montreal two years ago. While waiting in the In-transit lounge between flights, I saw this "thing" pass me by: it was wearing a total body covering in black fabric, covered with a white sheet. All that was visible were two eyes (there were round holes for them). The individual was wearing black gloves, and shoes.

Lo and behold, as I was in line for my flight, this "thing" was ahead of me in line. When my turn came to show photo-identification, I asked how that previous individual showed identification. I was hoping that other people in line with me would support me in my questioning of the airline official. The reply that I was given, to several requests that I made was: "it is OK, sir".

Canadians aren't accustomed to putting up a ruckus for something like that, but I was very taken-aback by the nonchalant reply of the airline official, and felt rather ill-at-ease on the flight where I could see at least a dozen people in arab-type dress: men wearing typical arab-caps, and women with various degrees of body and head covering.

People should not be allowed to cover their faces in this society. Period. What they want to wear on their heads is their business, but faces should always be completely uncovered.


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