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

Submitted by Nick4693 (Japan), Aug 2, 2007 at 19:39

I fail to understand why so many Western authorities have to actually spend precious time discussing whether or not a burka -- an easily adaptable disguise -- should be allowed.

As ugly as the jiqab is, and as unhealthy as it is said to be, aesthetics and health concerns are not the primary issues. Public security is. When you consider that very close to 100% of ALL terrorist acts committed throughout the world are committed by Muslims, and that the burka has been used in the past to conceal weapons and bombs, not to mention people, do we really need to explain our motives to ban it?

Just adding to Dr. Pipes' list of criminals who have used the burka to "get away," I seem to remember reading that Osama bin Laden himself used this ruse to avoid certain capture in Afghanistan.

Apart from the security issue, it is simply common sense that no one in a position of authority should have to, for example, interview for employment anyone dressed in a burka. Some Muslim women have actually had the audacity to apply for passports with photos taken in their burkas. Passports, believe it or not, are for the purpose of identification. Those who decline to remove their face mask should simply be told the interview is over, or that no passport will be issued. Those denied work because of it should also be denied unemployment benefits.

How dare these foreign "guests" tell us that it is their way or no way! To succumb to the ludicrous demands of these arrogant lamebrains is the beginning of Sharia Law and all its draconian restrictions. If they cry "racism!," so be it. I'd be glad to wear that label over such a non-issue.

Very clearly and unequivocally, these 7th century retards must be told to go back to their own countries if they want to wear their burkas, where such dress is acceptable. In other words, when in Rome.....!

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