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If anyone — black, white, or any color — chooses to wear chains and shackles as a fashion statement, I would question their fashion sense but I wouldn’t arrest them for it.

There are a few places in the world where the burqa is mandated. That’s not the same thing as making a choice to wear one. Apparently, you believe that if a garment is mandated anywhere in the world by any culture, it should be banned. OK — in our culture, we demand that women cover their breasts in public. We do not make the same demand of men — if they want to walk around topless, that’s just fine, but a woman who does so will be arrested for indecent exposure. This is obviously oppressive and sexist — right? New York City dropped that ban just a few years ago. Women may go topless in New York City if they want to. Yet the vast majority of women in NYC still choose to cover their breasts in public. Do you believe they are oppressed? Do you believe that shirts and bras on women are symbols of oppression? Do you believe that women should have the choice of covering themselves taken away from them?

I predict you will come up with some sort of double-standard response that women who choose to cover their breasts in public are OK, because that’s us, but women choosing to wear a burqa is something evil because Muslims are evil. Or some similar kind of nonsense.

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