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Should the West Ban the Burqa?
Posted By Phyllis Chesler On June 10, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In NewsReal Blog | No Comments
Early in June, Iran denounced European “intolerance” vis-à-vis the burqa. But is this true?
Many Muslims have come to the West in search of freedom and modernity; others have not. Controversy is inevitable. Islamist leaders believe that the West must “tolerate” the practice of gender apartheid as a “religious” right.
Western leaders have condemned the Islamic veil as a sign of hostility to Western ways and as a refusal to integrate. Muslim and ex-Muslim feminists and secularists have condemned the veil as a violation of women’s human rights and claim that it is not a religious requirement.
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