posted on Aug, 7 2010 @ 02:53 PM
After looking at the arguments and giving some thoughts, this is what I believe is fair.
The burka is a part of a religious culture, one from the middle eastern. While being proud of your heritage and where you are from, along with being
devout, I can see it being something to consider. But with todays society, being what it is, out in public, especially when shopping and banking,
along with working with customers it is not a feasible aspect to cover the entire face up. Many stores would not accept such, and rightly so, as it
defeats the point of safety and robbery deterence if the face is not seen. There is no way to tell the idenity of the person under the veil and as
much as they could state that it is a point of religion, there has to also be consideration for the country at large. If it was a middle eastern
country, that people were moving to and the local customs and laws dictated such, then there would not be a problem But this is not the case, the
issue being that devout muslims are immigrating to western countries, and the style of dress and codes of conduct are slightly different. Many people
when talking with another, often want to see the face of the person they are talking to and dealing with. Many people would not have a problem with
the heavy garments or a head scarf, but as long as the face is covered, then it leads to questions as to what is the person hiding, is what they
saying acutally the truth or not. Communication is 90% visual, body language, combined with movement and facial expression are the key factors in
such. So in private, and at places of worship it should be, the same with any religous area. But when in private or in a business, I believe that
the veil needs to either be lightened up where the face can be made out or removed fully. Immigrating to a new country is always a difficult
decision, but at the same time, it is on the immigrants to adjust and to join the society there, not to just get there and demand rights or special
privledges. To do such, puts a burden on society and causes rifts and tensions.