Hour Topic – Direct to my Desk
One of the big issues under debate in the United Kingdom this summer is whether to ban the burqa. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said last month that the burqa debases women and is not welcome in his country; Britain is trying to decide whether to follow suit. Underlying the debate is concern about terrorism and the inability to identify the person under a burqa. The central question, then, is whether women should be permitted to cover their faces in public. We look at the burqua debate, public safety, and religious freedom.