Is it appropriate for a western democracy to prescribe what people may or may not wear?

The French ban on the burqua comes into effect today: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/8443679/Two-arrested-in-France-as-burka-ban-comes-in.html I'm aware that some western women feel threatened by the hijab, niqab and burqa because it gives the impression of the subjugation of... show more The French ban on the burqua comes into effect today:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnew...

I'm aware that some western women feel threatened by the hijab, niqab and burqa because it gives the impression of the subjugation of women (as do passages from Paul's epistles such as 1 Corinthians 11:6 and 1 Timothy 2:8-9).

But I think that people should have the personal choice and freedom to wear what they want, as long as it is genuinely their personal choice. In the UK, I understand that some women born here wear such clothing as a matter of cultural identity, even if their mothers never wore it.

There will be exceptions of course, such as when security is heightened in sensitive places like airports.
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