This is part of HuffPost's "Change My Mind" debate series. designed to challenge leading voices to debate an issue. In this case, Huffpost asked two of their prominent Muslim contributors, Farzana Hassan and Farah Mawani, to debate the following statement:
Muslim face coverings (such as the burka and niqab) should be banned in free and democratic societies.
Readers are asked to vote on whether they AGREE or DISAGREE with the statement both before and after reading the positions of each contributor.
Today's topic is based on Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's decision to ban Muslim face coverings from citizenship ceremonies. In doing so, he said: "Isolating and separating a group of Canadians or allowing that group to hide their faces while they are becoming members of our community is completely counter to Canada's commitment to openness and social cohesion."