Thursday 22 February 2018

Martina Devlin: We're shirking our duty if we don't ban the burqa

Sultaana Freeman, who fought a legal battle in Florida for the right to wear a veil on her driver's licence photo
Sultaana Freeman, who fought a legal battle in Florida for the right to wear a veil on her driver's licence photo
Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

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.

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