I'm sorry - I did not intend this as a sarcastic rebuttal of your comments but as a general frustration over what has happened.
I have read numerous interviews with women from Islamic countries and many themselves choose to wear the various forms of covering saying that they give them a feeling of freedom and security.
I am certain that there are equally others who are forced to wear these. I don't believe that a blanket ban is the answer because that discriminates against those who choose to wear them.
Increasingly Western countries are experiencing large numbers of immigrants and refugees from other countries. No more so than Australia and the Boat People crisis we are currently experiencing in WA.
However, I feel that more should be done about communicating the more serious cultural expectations in the new host countries, like equal opportunity, the rights of the individual, the sanctity of a life etc which may not be prevalent in their countries of origin.
By choosing this way we force children and wives into potentially going against their own strongly held beliefs and that of their faiths. How can we spruik freedom of religion if we have laws like these. I would far rather educate newcomers on these other issues and prevent ritual female circumcision or any other form of child abuse than give this message.