I too consider the hijab to be a symbol of male oppression of women. I do not agree with the notion it is religious and consider it to be a cultural fossil. It is taken from the days when Arabic people lived only in desert areas and where protecting the face and eyes was just commonsense.
But, like Steven King, I support the right of women to wear the hijab if they so wish so long as it does not affect people working in security or similar situations.
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