The Archbishop’s Dress Code

At an interfaith meeting on October 14 in northern India, the Archbishop of Canterbury condemned recent European government decisions to ban the burqa, the complete body-covering dress of a few Muslim women. Rowan Williams said that these decisions were signs of extreme secularism and that the governments had better things to do.

Some might wonder whether the Archbishop of Canterbury has better things to do than defend extreme Muslim practices. Moreover, wearing the burqa (like ski masks in urban areas which are banned in the US) poses security concerns. To say nothing of liberal Christians defense of the rights of women of all faiths to wear what they want without being pressured by their husbands and religious leaders. —J. Douglas Ousley

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