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Philadelphia’s Burqa Crisis

Government workers need to surmount their timidity and apply normal procedures even to those wearing full-body covers.

Philadelphia Burqa

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Originally published at The Washington Times, under the title “When burqas become accessories to crime: Criminals can hide behind Islamic garb” and DanielPipes.org, February 21, 2013.

About the Author: Daniel Pipes is a world-renowned Middle East and Islam expert. He is President of the Middle East Forum. His articles appear in many newspapers. He received his A.B. (1971) and Ph.D. (1978) from Harvard University and has taught at Harvard, Pepperdine, the U.S. Naval War College, and the University of Chicago. He is a board member of the U.S. Institute of Peace and other institutions. His website is DanielPipes.org.


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2 Responses to “Philadelphia’s Burqa Crisis”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    One can go too far with this, though. France also bans Jewish headcoverings in public buildings. At Charles De Gaulle Airport, I was given a full body patdown because I was wearing a yarmulke.

  2. De Gaulle (yemach shemo) would have smiled.

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