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Let’s not mince words. The attitudes of states such as Saudi Arabia with regard to women’s liberties are nothing if not deplorable, and strict dress codes enforced by religious police are but one example of that. Though many Saudi women are perfectly happy to live their lives in such a manner - and would choose to do so even if it were not a matter of law - the fact remains that this choice does not exist for them. For women in these societies there is no decision to make. There is only the one way of doing things.
But for the burqa/niqab-wearing sect of the Western worlds Muslim population - not just the Western world, mind you, but let’s keep it simple - freedom of choice does exist. No one is enforcing these beliefs upon them. They choose to wear these garments of their own volition.
The surge in support for campaigns which seek to ban the burqa/niqab all over the Western world is the result of scaremongering and utter hypocrisy with regard to the rights of women. Everyone has the right to practice his or her religion, even if you don’t like what they may choose to wear as a result. There is nothing about these items of clothing that infringes upon the rights of other citizens and the population of burqa/niqab wearers in the West is so infinitesimally small as to pose no significant threat to national security.
So how bout we just live and let live?
Edit: I should probably add that I am all for restrictions being placed on the burqa/niqab within high security areas. In many instances, however, these measures are already in place, such as airport security where facial identification is an absolute must. What I do not agree with is the French model of the ban, wherein it is not permitted within any public space. This, to me, is ludicrous.
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Let’s not mince words. The attitudes of states such as Saudi Arabia with regard to women’s liberties are nothing if not deplorable, and strict dress codes enforced by religious police are but one example of that. Though many Saudi women are perfectly happy to live their lives in such a manner - and would choose to do so even if it were not a matter of law - the fact remains that this choice does not exist for them. For women in these societies there is no decision to make. There is only the one way of doing things.

But for the burqa/niqab-wearing sect of the Western worlds Muslim population - not just the Western world, mind you, but let’s keep it simple - freedom of choice does exist. No one is enforcing these beliefs upon them. They choose to wear these garments of their own volition.

The surge in support for campaigns which seek to ban the burqa/niqab all over the Western world is the result of scaremongering and utter hypocrisy with regard to the rights of women. Everyone has the right to practice his or her religion, even if you don’t like what they may choose to wear as a result. There is nothing about these items of clothing that infringes upon the rights of other citizens and the population of burqa/niqab wearers in the West is so infinitesimally small as to pose no significant threat to national security.

So how bout we just live and let live?

Edit: I should probably add that I am all for restrictions being placed on the burqa/niqab within high security areas. In many instances, however, these measures are already in place, such as airport security where facial identification is an absolute must. What I do not agree with is the French model of the ban, wherein it is not permitted within any public space. This, to me, is ludicrous.

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