I love listening to MEN discuss the burka in terms of "freedom of religion." HOW DARE YOU! If MEN were forced to cover themselves as if their entire essence is an offense to a petty, misogynistic God, Amnesty International would swoop down crying "human rights! human rights!"
Because women are forced to wear that abysmal garb, we are all supposed to respect it as "culture." It's only about culture because their culture thrives on the hatred of women.
GOOD ON THE FRENCH for LIBERATING an opressed population. The practice is archaic, barbaric and rooted in the HATRED OF WOMEN.
I hope they ban it here - and that's BECAUSE I AM A LIBERAL!
...and defending it on the grounds that "some women 'choose' to wear it" is like defending slavery because some slaves actually liked their masters.
Any religion that FORCES WOMEN to wear a potato sack on pain of death needs to be left in the dung heap of history where it belongs.