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Arguments of negation are deceptive and in this case delusional

Reader comment on item: Ban the Burqa - and the Niqab Too
in response to reader comment: Burqas, Niqabs, etc.

Submitted by Abu Nudnik (United States), Aug 3, 2007 at 00:38

"Are we really worried about a burqa as a security threat ?"

Yes, I am, even if you aren't and you aren't "we" any more than I am "we." Dr. Pipes has elucidated the security threat with several examples.

"Aren't we concerned about it because it signifies that the person wearing a burqa is identifying herself as a member of some "other" group not ours ?"

The security risk, both in terms of criminal actions, flight, terrorism, election fraud and the rest does not disappear just because there may be other less honourable reasons to oppose the burqa. And by the way, what makes you think the person wearing the burka is a "her?"

"Do we interpret the wearing of a burqa as a statement that the wearer doesn't want to be one of us, doesn't like us enough to want to be one of us ?"

Even if it were so, the security risk still exists.

Mr. Goodman calls all Pipes' opposition to the hiding of the face a red herring and in the three examples above has adequately demonstrated what a red herring is.


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