May 7, 2011
Alissa J. Rubin goes undercover in Afghanistan in a burqa.
Reactions and full video to the GOP debate in Greensville, SC. (plus what the GOP debated on during their last primary)
The difference between capital punishment and killing Osama Bin Laden.
How can we fight a drug war in America when we can’t keep drugs out of our prisons?
Finally, a tumblr blog perfect for me and other teachers.
July 12, 2010
Wearing a Burqa in Europe (most notably Western Europe) could soon be illegal:
According to a Pew Forum survey released yesterday, support for a ban on veils that cover the whole face except the eyes is widespread across Europe, with strong majorities in Spain (59 percent), Britain (62 percent), Germany (71 percent) and France (82 percent) all supporting legislation outlawing such veils in schools, hospitals, and government offices.
Prohibiting a citizen from wearing religious garb—a yarmulke, a clerical collar, a Hare Krishna robe—would seem on the face of it to be a violation of religious freedom. And that is how Americans see it. Here only 28 percent approve of a ban on full veils, with 65 percent disapproving.
Proponents of the various burqa bans, however, cast themselves as defenders of the rights of women and even public safety. A fully veiled woman cannot be easily identified by police. Neither can a male drug dealer posing as a burqa-bound woman.