October 20, 2006 7:48am CST
What do you think of the Muslim veil in regards to a woman's choice to guard her modesty?
20 Oct 06
If they have freely chosen to wear the veil then that is their choice and others should respect that. Personally I find it uncomfortable speaking to someone wearing a veil - so much of our communication with each other is non-verbal and comes from reading each others facial expressions and wearing a veil obviously acts as a barrier to that in the same way that talking to someone wearing those reflective dark glasses is slightly unnerving. I also think it's quite sad that in 2006 women would feel the need to separate themselves in that way from society - and I do think it is setting them apart from others. Of course I'm talking as someone who lives in the UK. If I lived in a country where wearing the veil was commonplace then I suppose I would feel differently.
20 Oct 06
Yes. Having said that others should respect them making that choice I also think that they need to respect the culture of the society they are living in and understand that deciding to wear the veil will probably mean that some activities will not be sensible for them to pursue - for example teaching young children. The recent case of the teacher in the UK highlights that.