The silly season has arrived due to fear about the ever-dangerous “terrorists’ in our midst. Today, at my doctor’s office the secretary informed me of a new Federal law requiring a Photo-ID for patients in order to see their doctors. In fairness, when I saw my doctor, I asked for his Photo-ID to ensure my regular doctor was treating me. In Barcelona, Spain, a new law requires anyone entering a public place to reveal their face and makes illegal the right of Muslim women to wear a veil. According to authorities, “it should not be possible that someone enters into a place without being identified.” I assume they have technology to scrutinize a body in order to determine if any weapons or explosives are in possession of the person. What is gained by examining the face?
The only reason for Barcelona to become the first city in Spain that bans use of the niqab or burqa is to strike a blow for stupidity and bigotry. There are only one million Muslims in the population of 47,000,000, and, most probably, less than a thousand Muslim women wear a veil. Prejudice can not hide behind the veil of hate.