A twenty two year old women in England is on trial and she has raised the issue of what a defendant is allowed to desire in a court of law. She insists that it violates her religious freedom to be compelled to remove her veil while under cross examination. The judge ordered her to remove the veil or face contempt of court. He argued “the ability of the jury to see the defendant for the purpose of evaluating her evidence is crucial.” A jury has the right to examine facial evidence because our body reveals information concerning what our words express. Religion is part of our way of thinking, but so are our body motions. We live in a secular society in which all possess the right to practice religion, but the secular part of society has the right to demand obeying the laws of the land.
Oh, the woman converted to the Muslim religion two years ago so she lived for twenty years without a veil.