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There is quite a lively debate in Europe, probably the US as well, about the Burqa and if it should be banned. Pro ban arguments range from the Burqa as a symbol of oppression to a fear of anything that has to do with Islam. While anti ban arguments encompass religious and personal freedom. What makes this debate so unique is how many women will speak out. They want to wear the Burqa as a sign of devotion. Arguably some are coerced into giving false statements, by their husband, religious institutions or their social environment. But surely not all. That made me realize two things.

How vast the difference between our two cultures actually is (not just by comparison of fanatics). And in the words of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” These women speaking out is utterly mesmerizing to…

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