Fear Of Niqāb

I am not a psychologist and this is not an excuse, but I wonder if my fear of anybody with their face covered (a fear I suspect is behind much anti-niqāb sentiment in England) is due in part to seeing so many photographs of members of the IRA in balaclavas during the 1970s. As these photographs often accompanied news reports about bombs exploding and people being killed, unexpectedly, in public places, they became portraits of bogeymen, inhabitants of a nightmare world. I guess for many Irish people, photographs of soldiers in uniform on the streets of Derry would conjure up similar negative feelings.

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  1. I feel ya, MP, on this one. Except in situations where a certain kind of distance is specifically desired (most obviously in occupational settings, to protect the face from dangerous substances), or in a very *limited* kind of “masquerade” (children Trick-or-Treating), facemasks are off-putting [See re bandits. See re KKK masked hoods. See re “Jason” of the Friday the 13th franchise!]. They hinder the kind of open interpersonal communication NECESSARY in a free society.

    In a private setting, where whatever (or wear nothing—whatever!). But in PUBLIC, unless there are legitimate health concerns, SHOW YOUR FACE. We’ve all got a mug: it’s a human constant. Be Human!