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So why is it that so many women are getting told that wearing a veil (yes, the perching of a piece of cloth, no matter the size) on their head in public is now a crime? It's because of that first image, of the niquab. It's because the (sorry ladies, but it's true) feminists of the world are scared, threatened even, by women who truly DO enjoy being that modest.
I also wear headscarves occasionally. I'm actually wearing one right now (from the cold, rather than because of religious edict at this particular moment). When I worship the Olympian gods (specifically Zeus, Hera, or Aesclepius), I veil myself. I cover my hair, because it feels right, and because it was (and is) considered proper etiquette to do so. No one has forced me to do it, and in fact there have been other Hellenic polytheists who've taken objection to my veiling of myself. I admit to confusion over it. Why is it scary if I choose to cover a part of myself before exposing myself to my gods? Why is it so terrifying if someone else does it?
I do not agree with laws requiring veiling. To me, that takes away the religious joy of the action. When I veil, I do so because of the immense feeling of rightness that comes along with the action. Making it mandatory would remove that joy, make it a duty, a chore, a mere task. It would also mean that others (men or women) would be veiled without feeling the deep and abiding love of the gods that I do. That takes away from my own experience.
Surely, in a country like ours, we can allow people to make choices of their own. Surely we can let a woman decide if she wants to wear a headscarf or not. We should also educate, not just women but all people, that it IS a choice, a decision to be made by every individual to veil or not veil as they feel called.