Women in Burkas and Haute Couture


"But this week, his words were anything but diplomatic.

In a remarkable series of utterances, "Mr. Straw, now the leader of the House of Commons, has criticized the Islamic custom of wearing a full facial veil and urged Muslim women to remove it when talking to him in his district office in northwestern England. The veil, he wrote this week in his local newspaper, The Lancashire Telegraph, is "such a visible statement of separation and of difference" as to jeopardize British social harmony."

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