I want to be able to express my view without the fear of being labelled as an islamophobe, as my opinion may not be popular... I'm not a muslim so obviously I'm coming into this discussion from a very different perspective. Maybe if I had grown up wearing the Burqa, I would probably feel very passionate about the right to remain veiled. I have no problem whatsoever with the hijab, I've come to think they're actually quite stylish. However, the idea that other people's feelings of being uncomfortable with women wearing the burqa shouldn't be completely dismissed. I think that's why we're having the discussion in the first place. I would never discriminate someone on the street for wearing the burqa but I can't at the same time lie and say that they don't make me feel uncomfortable, because they do. It's purely because communication, even passive communication like walking past someone, depends on facial recognition and reading someone's expression. Facial perception is one of the earliest developments in the brain after birth, and many areas are involved such as the fusiform face area. The way I perceive it (which may be wrong) is that they can see my face, but I can't see their face unless and the only way we could be on equal footing is if I wore the burqa, which I don't want to. I think this debate is a clash of perceptions and it's healthy to be open and talk about it. But I think we also have to be honest and realistic and not fear of being labelled racist or an islamophobe. I obviously don't think we should ban the burqa but listen to the muslim community, especially the women, and see whether perceptions can be changed (on both sides) and let there be a resolution to this conflict. PEACE.