Burqas Have Been Banned By China: Is It Time The West Banned This 'Toxic' Garment?

Dave Edwards

After yesterday's reports of China banning women wearing burqas in public, is it time that America and other Western nations followed suit and banned young women from wearing this divisive garment?

As reported by the Inquisitr, Chinese authorities have now banned Muslim women in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang, from wearing the burqa and other face masking robes in public places.

The burqa and niqab have long been a source of controversy in Western countries. While some Islamic leaders continue to defend the right of Muslims to practice gender apartheid as a religious right, others are growing increasingly concerned at the reluctance of politicians to address the issue.

— Steve French (@yaarsedlad) December 30, 2014

"Everyone, including Muslims, should oppose the insidious spread of this vile piece of clothing, which imprisons women, threatens social harmony, fuels distrust, has grave health implications and is a potent security risk."
"The burkha is an alien, cultural monstrosity and it CAN be banned."

— Wolf♔H&U♔Raven (@WolfSpirit2013) December 29, 2014

Yet Britain and America often remain strangely silent on whether the burqa is an appropriate state of dress.

U.K. politicians try and avoid the burqa conversation at all costs while President Obama has always staunchly defended the right of a woman to wear the veil, but simultaneously failed to address the protection of women who may choose not to do so.

"The U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it."

Is now not the perfect time to debate whether burqas, and other similar face veils, actually belong in a progressive, democratic society?

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