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Reader comment on item: Ban the Burqa - and the Niqab Too
in response to reader comment: headgear isn't the issue

Submitted by donvan (United States), Aug 6, 2007 at 09:02

I agree , it fosters distrust, and is inappropriate. A check out person at the grocery wears a 'hijab'. This calls undue attention to her 'Muslimness", can she touch certain products, is her attitude framed by her belief, etc,etc. The unique costumes of Muslims are a political statement. The comparison to Christian nuns is also bogus. I have never heard of a Christian nun working in the grocery, or anywhere else in their habit. So lets get real.

Of course if the Moslem woman wants to become Christian and follow the Christian God, she will be embraced and welcomed, except for her former moslem friends , who will kill her, as in dead. In my view, those who choose to claim exceptionallity must accept the consequences of that choice. No one is born a "Moslem", its not a race, or ethnic class. Therefore any one should be able to unchoose being a Moslem and not fear retribution. What more proof a prison than "Can't leave". The costume is political and servers the purpose of a constant reminder that escape is a dangerous proposition.

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