Burqa wearing has come up again in France.
I have very mixed feelings, but to date agree with Wajahat Ali in her article today on Slate.com, especially given her noted exceptions towards the end of the piece that I think is worth reading:
My own anti burqa emotion probably starts with my later reaction to myself almost joining the convent in 1959, a time when that order of roman catholic nuns was among the most conservative in the country (US) and years away from any modification of their habits, if they ever did modify them. I could ramble on and on about how I don't like burqas, but I'll not go into it. And yet I see Wajahat Ali's points, given, as I said, her stated exceptions.
There is on slate.com today a magnum photo series on variations re veil, burqa, hijab and some photos of protests re France's stance back in 2004.
link to photo series - http://todayspictures.slate.com/20100525/
At least one of the photos triggers my anger, one strikes me as funny and likeable, and several induce my sympathy.
There was at least one other a2k thread on this subject, probably in 2004, and
I'll try to find that and link it.