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  1. What do people think about the wearing of the Burqa (Burka) and/or the Niqab within societies that are not predominantly Muslim? In Australia there has been some recent debate mainly due to security issues pertaining around people not able to be identified if they are wearing a burqa and/or niqab. Personally, I am not entirely comfortable with either items of clothing from a security point of view, but I also feel that our culture of engaging people 'face-to-face' (e.g. look people in the eyes when you're talking to them) doesn't lend itself to accepting this style of dress. Personally I feel a lot more comfortable when I can see a person's face and facial gestures (including their eyes) when I am communicating with them. That said, I can also appreciate that some people feel wearing this type of clothing is important to them. I know there are arguments concerning the oppressive nature of women having to wear such to comply with their religion, but I am talking here about women who freely wear this clothing because they feel it honours Allah. How do members here feel about respecting these Muslim choices whilst at the same time addressing security concerns and/or cultural complications? Like usual, I don't see a black and white answer here and I would like to hear other people's opinions about the issue.
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