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

Submitted by Subramaniam (United States), Aug 3, 2007 at 05:52

Banning the burqa, niqab or whatever is an infringement on personal rights. I'm an atheist male but if I wanted to walk around in a burqa it is none of Government's business.

If a shopkeeper does not want burqa clad women(or anyone) entering his shop then he is perfectly entitled to put up a sign saying so. It is his private property. Only in places where there's a specific need for the face to be visible like in a prison or courtroom or airport security or classroom etc. is banning the burqa a rational policy.

But it is fascist to ban someone from wearing it on roads or pubs (unless the pub owner thinks otherwise) or other such places. During Halloween people wear all sorts of weird masks (and some commit crimes too). Why don't we advocate ban on that too??


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