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Reader comment on item: Niqabs and Burqas - The Veiled Threat Continues

Submitted by huck (United Kingdom), Sep 2, 2009 at 10:59

I believe that the moral reason for banning the niqab and the burqa is just as important as the very valid robbery/terrorism reasons presented in this good article.

These face covering garments are essentially dehumanizing the women wearing them, making them equivalent to second class citizens, and are practically establishing modern slavery in the West.

I hear claims that the muslim women "choose" to wear niqab or burqa (or the sad claim that this is "liberating" them). I reject these claims. A muslim woman claiming that she wants not to be seen as a human expressing herself in a way very similar an 1850's slave in America - the slave would say in 99% of the cases that he (or she) is happy about their situation and that this is their choice. Should we take seriously a slavery state of mind and allow this phenomenon in the West? I believe that we shouldn't.


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