White House Correspondent
Granted, France is not suggesting public lashings for women donning full-face veils, but here's a point that folks on both the right and left can probably agree upon: deciding who should wear what is not something we need our government, immigration officers and/or national service officials involved in.
To me, the idea that Indonesia employs roving sharia police posses
to trundle around town, armed with shredders for any woman caught wearing jeans, isn't just absurd -- it's demeaning and inappropriate. Isn't the notion of having immigration officials examining potential U.S. citizens with an eye toward those who might wear burqas in their new homeland and those who would readily shed them for oh, I dunno, Juicy Couture sweatsuits, equally so? Shouldn't we judge our candidates for citizenship based upon their creed and not the cut of their clothes?
In other words, by conjoining citizenship -- and all the rights that go along with it -- and dress, aren't we treading (albeit lightly) on the very same ground we find so abhorrent in countries like Sudan and Indonesia, where a distaste for Western vs. Muslim dress is reversed?
The only other thing I'll say is that with America's present inability
to manage the visas and entry papers to screen even would-be terrorists, the last thing our immigration officials need is for us to throw dress codes in the mix.