Magazine August 30, 2010, Issue

Letters

Afghan women clad in burqas and a child receive food aid in Kabul, Afghanistan, May 5, 2010. (Ahmad Masood/Reuters)

Oppression Is Oppression

In the August 16 edition of NR, Claire Berlinski called for the banning of the burqa in order to solve the problem of “gender apartheid and the subjugation and abuse of women throughout the Muslim world.” How can removing a symptom cure the disease?

Ivan M. Lang
Glendale, Wis.

As a sympathetic reader of your generally fine journal, it pains me to write in complaint about Claire Berlinski’s argument in “Ban the Burqa.” She abandons the core conservative principle of religious liberty in the name of a politically expedient but ill-conceived reaction to a current political moment.

On what grounds does Berlinski

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