Change of habit

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This is a repost from the BBC’s World Have Your Say site.
The burqa is no longer welcome
By Ros Atkins

From our newsroom – ‘The French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, has said the burqa – the full-body garment worn by some Muslim women – is not welcome in France. In a major policy address to both houses of parliament, he said the burqa reduced women to subservience and undermined their dignity.’

While many westerners view the hijab as oppressive, many Muslim women perceive this habit as their freedom: allowing movement, day-to-day activities and social interaction. Sarkozy makes a strong political and religious statement here.

This is a slippery slope, what do you think?

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