Khan has composed a thoughtful and reasonable discussion on a matter that I, for one, can’t understand the furor over. Why the French would ban the burka is way beyond me, likewise why anyone would even get upset about it.
To my mind this is simply an issue of individual right. It’s no different than making a decision on how one selects any other form of clothing. (And, being agnostic, that’s how I perceive the burka: a piece of clothing. The religious argument is lost on me.) Other people wear balaclavas while skiing or snowmobiling (and rightly suffer humiliation-by-peers for doing so). Should we also consider banning the balaclava, or limiting its use?
My only concern would be indentity-related. Many systems, like motor vehicle operation licensing and airport security, depend on facial recognition for identity review. Wearers of the burka, under certain circumstances and with a guarantee of respect and privacy, should be prepared to temporarily remove the garment as required to satisfy the requirements of these systems. Otherwise, burka on. And let’s move on.