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Civil society, like Islamic society, has behavioral norms

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

Submitted by Pat (United States), Aug 2, 2007 at 10:51

For me, the one benefit to these garments would be a decreased risk of sunburn, but even that risk could be ameliorated by the use of an umbrella or sunscreen.

It is definitely not asking too much for those who come to live in Western countries to abide by Western norms, which are far ranging. A Muslim woman can dress modestly and no one will fault her. I equate what many wear to the habits once worn by nuns. The entire body and head were covered, but the face was not. Hiding your face should be considered an act of aggression.

The person in a ski mask in the middle of the city is looked at with distrust. Who can forget the ski masks worn by Palestinian terrorists as they attacked facilities in Europe? The burkha and niqab deserve the same level of distrust. They tell us that the person behind them is not willing to live among us in the open. This forces one to conclude that those who support this manner of dress, whether or not they do it themselves, also don't value the norms of society.

If your religious views and norms preclude your living in an open society then you should find another place to live or forever remain indoors. This applies to all faiths and to American-born as well as immigrants.


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