^^^That is a bad precedent.
To ban clothing items because of someone's opinion about what a person might have done, or might someday do, is wrong. That is saying someone is guilty and must prove themselves innocent, if they are wearing a burka. Yeah, it could be a guy hiding from a crime. If you have probable cause to think that, then get a female officer and search for him. Otherwise, think your disapproving thoughts and let it go.
So what? Somebody who suddenly takes off running when they see the cops. Is that someone who is guilty and has to prove him/herself innocent? Yes. He/she (usually a he) is likely to be chased and arrested for simply running away from a cop when he/she did nothing wrong. There are other circumstances where we have to prove ourselves good. I'm not paving a new road here.
I think we should all walk around wearing balaclavas, citing our religious rights and then see how many people deal with us nicely. We're going to get bad looks and likely a call for the cops. But, if it's a religious right, then you can't kick me out or fail to serve me or fail to open the cash register in my presence. Again, if it ain't gonna happen for the rest of us, why should they get a bye?
Don't get me wrong. I do not approve of the Muslim cover. It seems like an extreme measure if a woman has to basically hide inside a portable tent to feel protected and respected. In my perfect world, none of that nonsense would be allowed. But it is not my perfect world, is it?
But I do not approve of lots of things other people wear ...
Neither do I approve of some of the literally
shitty clothing choices people make. I'd have no problem telling a woman who ain't wearing undies to get out of my restaurant or out of my cab because her hoo-haa and back door are smearing herself on my seats. That's a safety issue, as well. However, she's not covering her face.
Have you ever seen the signs that say "No shoes, No shirt, No service"? As a pagan nudist you are violating my rights to walk around nude. Why can't I go shopping at the mall in the nude? Even when it's 100F outside? Because we set limits on what we let people do even when it may be their religious practice.
And boys in those pants that sag so far down they trip and fall running to the bus--that is a health hazard. In my perfect world, none of that nonsense would be allowed. But it is not my perfect world, is it?
We could ban that, too, as a safety issue, but it would be nearly impossible to enforce because all they have to do is pull up their pants when a cop comes around. However, at least they aren't covering their faces.
I don't approve of plastic surgery, women risking their lives to get bigger breasts and butts, Asian people having their eyes cut up to look like Europeans. Older people getting poison injected into their faces to look younger. Men getting chin implants to look more manly. I think it is a ridiculous waste of medical resources. In my perfect world, none of that nonsense would be allowed. But it is not my perfect world, is it?
But at least they aren't covering their faces. In a few of those cases of idiotic plastic surgery, they would be better off if they did cover their faces. There could be a medical reason for someone to cover his/her face, but those situations are rare.
I am a black woman with dreadlocks. There are people who think I should straighten my hair to look more "presentable" and middle class, like Michelle Obama. Or buy a straight weave like Beyonce or Oprah. Or at least wear a wig when I am around white people.
Only idiots get in a grind over dreadlocks, but I understand those idiots exist. Even with dreadlocks I can still see your face.
I can't tell you how many times I have been stopped and pulled out for the "random search" at the airport while my white husband is waved on through. Guilty based on appearance, until proven innocent.
Well, that is racial profiling which isn't the issue presented in the OP.
If I wanted to wear a burka, I would be pretty damn pissed off if someone else had the nerve to get up in my face and lecture me about my backward culture. And tell me about how it would be more civilized to show off my tits in a low cut top, or bare my a$$ in a short mini skirt or a pair of tight yoga pants instead.
At no time did I, do I or ever would do something like that. I see Amish, Mennonites, Pentecostals and Mormon missionaries in their terribly easy-to-identify clothing, some of which is not conducive to many activities like working in the garden or trekking out in a snowstorm, and I don't care about it in the least ... because none of them cover their faces. If covering a face became some kind of religious element for the Amish, they would get my ire, too.
Once you start legislating what other people can look like, what they can wear beyond basic safety, you get into a real slippery slope.
I'm not legislating what other people look like. I'm voting for uncovering your face unless it is a job requirement (military, surgeons, etc), and only then while necessary. If you want to run around covered from head to toe, including your hands, that's fine.
^ But show me your face. I currently serve many Muslim customers, but I've yet to have one come in wearing a burqa. If I did, I would tell her to uncover her face. If she couldn't do that, I would tell her that I cannot serve her. In my line of work, especially, we have to be able to identify people.