And for a condensed version of the above - read my last post!chieftiff said:Clothing, often linked directly to the Muslim religion by the press, is of cultural significance not necessarily religious although Muslim women are urged to dress modestly. A lot of the people claiming racial intolerance due to issues of facial covering are simply charlatans playing up to our modern rights/ litigation led society and simply attracting attention to their own agenda, many will never have lived within the culture to which the rules apply.
Fortunately these people tend to be the exception rather than the rule, I like to compare them to the hoody culture where criminals insist on their right to dress in a manner which conceals their identity. There are people who have been brought up with these local dress customs who may well rightly feel aggrieved at our perceived intolerence, these people are generally not the types to push the law and seek the limelight pursueing occupations and lifestyle which permits them to remain true to their beliefs. There are common sense reasons why our society insists unveiling is necessary- ID cards being one of many, teachers another, security checks etc When these reasons don't apply people should be allowed to live their own lives and dress how they wish, we do still live in the free world!