Open Topic Discussion*: I just stumbled across this (2 years old almost) topic.
There are certain institutions/customs/traditions (to combine them and avoid to have to constantly keep writing them all out, I'll refer to them as Relics) of the past that are born out of ignorance, fear, intolerance, and oppression. Several relics have gone because of their violation of basic human rights. You're not going to hear many people argue that slavery is an institution that should still be respected. While other relics have been adapted and evolved to fit modern times. We are seeing right now Marriage 'evolve'. I personally believe that marriage is an outdated relic; however, I do see the benefit of marriage via government incentives, social stability, etc.

I do believe some relics (segregation and discrimination based on religion, race, sex) would still be in place today if there werent movements and laws enacted to fight them.

I saw this video (2 years old) about banning whats commonly/ironically referred as 'Muslim' attire (ironic because its not really part of the quran).

Now, I would be mostly against government banning any 'religious attire' of any sort, or any clothing that discriminates against any particular groups; however, I would respect laws for attire that blatantly try to incite fear and anger for specific communities. I would not be ok with a state flag being a Swastika whereas I would not want the government saying I can't wear blue because of its ties to gang affiliation.

In this case, I'm very conflicted. I respect a woman's choice to wear whatever she feels (or man), but I feel burqas are born from oppression, especially considering that a man isn't required nor pressured to wear the same attire.

I am against the government banning it, but I am against that specific type of attire because of what it represents**.

So questions for debate..
1- Should a relic like this be allowed? Is what it once represented no longer valid?
2- How do you kill a relic (similar to this) with imposing on freedom of speech/choice?

ETA: This is all a 'in good fun' discussion, I'm mostly going to play devils advocate
*Just a discussion on a subject, mostly for the sake of scholarly and civil like conversation. a 'food for thought' kind of thing.
**Personally believe its a situation where oppression is so much 'the norm' that it works that the attire works its way into the religious shame cycle which keeps that relic from dying out. Basically, by not wearing it, you're the equivalent to dressing provactively