Argument: Banning the veil distracts from more pressing discrimination issues
Shada Islam. "Headscarf Ban Misses the Point". YaleGlobal. January 30th, 2004 - "Europe's political rhetoric over the sartorial choices of Muslim women is misplaced, however. Instead of fretting over the veil (and, as was suggested recently by French Education Minister Luc Ferry, Islamic beards as well as the bandanas that Muslim girls might wear to circumvent the ban), European politicians should be tackling the real problems of discrimination, hostility and isolation facing almost all of the continent's 12.5 million Muslims. It is this isolation that has encouraged some to embrace a more rigid interpretation of Islam."