Martina Devlin: We're shirking our duty if we don't ban the burqa
Published 28/01/2010 | 05:00
Forcing women to hide their hair, and sometimes their bodies and faces, is a form of fanaticism amounting to repression
How many Muslim women cover up voluntarily, without any form of coercion whether explicit or implicit? Just a minute while I do the sums. Okay, I'm ready: the answer is none.
Even those who claim to do it willingly are brainwashed. They conceal their appearance because they are bulldozed into it by a patchwork quilt of reasons, from social to familial to cockeyed religious grounds. Free will is a fig leaf when it comes to the veil.