European bans of Muslim veil & the freedom of choice


…proponents of bans on veils in Europe see them as a way to liberate women and protect women and girls from societal pressure to veil themselves.

As alien as it may seem to some Europeans, veiling can be a choice, in the same way that other convictions or conduct that have been shaped by societal, family or religious influences are experienced by the individual as an expression of their identity.

Banning Muslim Veil Denies Women a Choice, Too – by Judith Sunderland

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Can a purpose for religion be deduced?

Religion largely aims to instill the Golden Rule, emphasizing compassion across different traditions, as highlighted on Karen Armstrong’s This ethos, promoting altruism, drives human survival and outlines initiatives like the Unitarian Universalist Association’s commitment to transforming the world through liberating love, addressing global ills such as hate, greed, and social inequalities.

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