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Reverse discrimination?

Reader comment on item: Boston Bombing Lesson: Ban Niqabs and Burqas

Submitted by Prashant (United States), May 29, 2013 at 17:06

Dear Dr Pipes:

I just read a news story per which some banks in Florida are imposing a dress code on customers to reduce the chances of robbery. Any one wearing a hat, hood or shade may be subject to further scrutiny. What can be wrong in this directive? Well I was expecting to see hijab and burqa in the list of objectionable garments but I found none. Nowhere did the article say that burqa and hijab wearers will also be scrutinized. Either Burqa crisis is not as severe in Florida or Florida policy makers are too timid to apply their laws uniformly or this is a precursor of an eventual directive against Hijabs and Burqas in Florida. Let us wait and see. To be fair, there is no directive against turbans either.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I have documented a number of these bank regulations and always understood the prohibited articles to be generic and to include niqabs and burqas, even if the latter are not specifically named. That seems fine to me.

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