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Reader comment on item: Niqabs and Burqas Banned at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Submitted by MClarissa (United States), Jan 6, 2010 at 16:47

As someone who believes in religious freedom, as well as freedom from religion, person rights, and a big time feminist I am really quite torn on this issue. Does this ban make us safer? Maybe. Obscuring ones face and entire body as a burka & niqab does can potentially allow anyone to don the item (male or female) and commit a horrid crime.

Also as a feminist, the niqab/burka only helps to cement women as property and secondary citizens. This practice of fully covering a woman is done by more extreme muslims. Most muslim women either choose no garment or the headscarf (which would not be banned). This niqab ban clearly targets muslims but the more extreme woman hating kind and the indoctrinated or the women wo are forced to wear this by their men folk.

I have worn a burqa & it truly is awful and created to disempower the wearer.

With that said, these marginalized may be prohibited from getting the education they deserve & need as well as contact with other influences. This may also harm muslim relations even further and help foment hatred and misunderstanding on both sides. Most muslims are like most christian and jews. peace loving and law abiding. we do not need to add to the evil conflagration that is racism, sexim, and religious persecution.

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