Originally Posted by Fat Kitten Bukkake
It would liberate a great deal of them, perhaps more than 50%, that don't want to wear it in the first place.
A burka, which cannot be removed for searching, makes an ideal hiding place for a suicide bomb. To search them adequately you would pretty much have to take the burka off, thusly stripping them of religious freedoms. I put life > religious freedoms every time, I dunno how you feel about it. It has NOTHING to do with identity and EVERYTHING to do with a search proof hiding method for suicide bombs.
As Hip said, my point was not so much about the religious nature of the garb, but just the fact that any kind of loose fitting garb is sufficient to conceal a terrorist bomb, and in many cases even without the religious factor, it would be generally considered inappropriate to require the public strip-search required to make extra sure. (e.g. a dress with the bombs strapped to the thighs, or a small-breasted woman making the explosives look like her bust).
As far as I'm aware, most of the debate about banning the burqa is actually about the face-veil. Some arguments are cogent on a practical basis (e.g. how can you have a driver's license or passport validated if you are veiled in the photo?), others are non-cogent bases motivated by bigotry and intolerance (not being able to see your face when I walk down the street makes me scared!).