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Religious Freedom Can Be Abused

Reader comment on item: Boston Bombing Lesson: Ban Niqabs and Burqas
in response to reader comment: what happened to religious freedom?

Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), Apr 22, 2013 at 09:12

Your points are well intended, however, you need to realize that in Fundamental Islam women are not to be seen by men in public, thus the mandatory wearing of the full covering. Even the head scarf, hijab, does not conform to fundamental Islam because the ruling is that men are not to be able to see and gaze upon the face or eyes of the Muslim women in public.

While you point to religious freedom being the source that should continue to allow the full covering to be worn by Muslim women in America, you must remember that there are now greater security risks involved and this is how suicide bombers are able to enter Mosques inthe Middle East in order to blow up worshippers of the rival sect. That can easily happen here in America where Sunni and Shia have their own Mosques and bring their rivalry along with them in a country where there is supposed to be religious freedom. Additionally, screening for safety purposes may work at airports and sporting events, however, screening at the entrances to a crowded shopping mall or public festivities may be impossible and yet offer the opportunity for a suicide bomber to enter undetected by wearing the full covering of a burqa or niqab.

Yes, "religious freedom" can and has been abused in such cases. One only need to look to the Middle East situations where this has happened. We should not take that chance here in America because the threat exists now more than ever.

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