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The difference is between custom, religious practice, and security

Reader comment on item: Hijabs on Western Public Women
in response to reader comment: I agree, Stranchan: It's a matter of sovereignty, not customs

Submitted by Stranchan (United States), Nov 5, 2014 at 20:54

Thank you for your comment, Michael S.

Respect for customs is important in all countries under all circumstances, as I noted. However, that goodwill becomes a little hazier when we look at violations of security conditions, such as wearing caps or other headcoverings in banks or even in the public street where there is a security interest in being able to see people's faces. Many crimes of robbery have been committed using hijabs as cover.

So the exception to the rule is with the addendum: Everyone should be able to dress as is their custom, respect the customs in their host country, unless it interferes with law enforcement's ability to maintain security of its citizens.

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