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Nix the Niqab?

A controversy is growing in France over whether to “ban the burqa.” This question really troubles me; it pulls me both ways. Do citizens have the right to dress themselves as they please even if it may really be limiting their own liberty? I’d say yes normally but in many cases it seems like these women may not actually be truly choosing for themselves. If they are forced by dominating Islamists that poses real problems for secular and free societies.

For Mr. Sarkozy, who defends participation in the Afghan war as a matter of women’s rights, “the problem of the burqa is not a religious problem,” he said. “It is a problem of liberty and the dignity of women. It is a sign of servitude and degradation.”

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