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Submitted by Bronson (Australia), Aug 7, 2010 at 08:16

Coming through customs/immigration last time I noticed in the queue next to me a muslim woman asked by the official, using sign language, to raise her niqab facecloth. The woman did and she and husband plus child went through. At the head of my queue a man wearing what Canadians call a toque, otherwise known as a beanie. The official asked him to remove his hat. Now with his hat on he was already displaying far more of his head than the muslim woman showed of hers, e.g. her hair would have still been completely obscured and her forehead would have been still covered. This represented favoritism towards the muslim woman.

The only way it might be construed otherwise would be if her passport photo showed her in her head gear (just sans facecloth). In this case there would have been no extra information available to the official for id purposes if the muslim woman were to be told to remove all head coverings.

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