It is alright to have rights in an open society as long as not everyone wants to
exercise their rights. I don't think wearing a burka makes you an enemy of the
state. We often confuse, religion with custom. If it is the woman's choice to
wear it, that is one thing, if she is forced to wear it that is something else. I
think we have to enter the word custom, vs religion into the court record. If
one is claiming in court it is their religious right to wear it that is not the case.
as I understand it, the burka is not a religious garment and is not mentioned
specifically in their scripture as far as I understand. I for one do not want to
punish the people wearing funny hats as the saying goes, but I think we do
have to ensure the laws of our courts are obeyed, therefore a burka or a veil
would not be appropriate in the court, as the accused must be able to see who
his or her accuser is. In the west it is not only part of tradition it is the law.
The Burka itself is not part of the religion however, women are to not be
freely open with men in public. The burka is a symbol of that separation but
outside of the Taliban, it was not a forced garment, it is a social condition
and women tend to wear it as tradition. I think that norm will break down in
the west with successive generations. We don't see too many people going
about wearing lederhosen either.
I also spoke to my sister today, she lives in Calgary and I mentioned all the fuss
about electing a Muslim in Calgary, she doesn't give a damn about the politically
correct. she voted for the guy because he was the best of
all the candidates. He is a Muslim true but he is also a Canadian, and not about
to institute anything. She thought it was pretty funny actually.