As a general rule, I am opposed to the idea of banning anything. The Burqa represents far more than just you choosing to cover yourself with different or additional clothing do. The Burqa also represents Islam in a number of ways. Only in the one way of being a personal choice, do I see benevolent intent. In several other ways, the hostility to so many things that we deem important is inherent with what the Burqa represents within Islam.
In many ways, women are treated like chattel within the Islamic legal system. Her choices as an adult are to get married or become ‘public property’. The culture that has evolved from this idea discriminates against girls in the form of neglect. This discrimination goes past the point where death is desirable in a number of situations. A fellow blogger posted that in at least this way, it is similar to traditional Chinese. This is blatant control. Complete submission. I can see why some women would want to wear it. The culture that has created this symbol is so hostile to stepping out of line that it is dangerous to chose other options. Security is an additional issue.
It is a joke (If it were not so serious) that anyone could suggest that a picture of a person in a Burqa could pass for identification. We are beginning to see not only men who are dressed up in Burqa’s in order to defeat security, but women suicide bombers who are using the Burqa to get past defenses.
I can see why France is fighting the Burqa. A significant minority of the population of France is Muslim. The problem is that political Islam is at war against the modern national government. I believe that enough native French are seeing ‘change’ and want to attempt to constrain some of the more pressing Islamic issues. The Burqa also serves as a sign of this entire problem. Many of the issues with political Islam are of the type that historically start wars. I will support any ban on the Burqa despite my natural desire not to, if it is ever proposed within my country.