A couple of responses to my burqa blog. Deborah says that
writing her doctoral thesis on multiculturalism she rejected
moral relativism and argued that some things are just
morally wrong—and burqa-wearing is one of them,
"because it is so closely linked to the subjugation of
women." Good call. Truth-seeker, for his part, has no
objection to the robes and head-dresses worn by Muslim
women but draws the line at covering the face entirely.
Seeing two women in downtown Auckland wearing full
burqa with only a slit for the eyes bothered him so much,
he says, that he thought hard about it and concluded that
it threatens the function of individual accountability
necessary in a nation of responsible citizens who obey
laws. "If you hide your face from me," he writes, "you are
rejecting that responsibility to be open and accountable
for your actions."