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A small correction to the article

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

Submitted by Steven Burbank (United States), Aug 3, 2007 at 04:27

Sorry to divert attention away from the main topic, but I just wanted to correct a small but common mistake.

The author wrote that the skin absorbs vitamin D from sunlight, but that's not quite accurate. Vitamin D doesn't actually exist in sunlight. What happens is that the skin absorbs sunlight - specifically, UVB radiation - and because of certain substances present in the skin, Vitamin D is ultimately synthesized after a series of chemical reactions. We don't absorb Vitamin D; we produce it photochemically.

As far as the main topic of the article is concerned, I agree with the author that identity-concealing coverings like the niqab should be banned. One problem that arises is how to reconcile that ban with the permission granted to conceal one's identity on other occasions for reasons not related to religion.


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