09-16-2010, 04:13 PM
Keeping your culture is fine; that's not the issue at all. You can worship whoever you want, have as many children as you want and do whatever you like, within reason.
The things we are talking about are cultural items and traditions that could be a security risk, like the burqas, or things that are deamed by our laws as, to quote the Bill of Rights, "crueal or unusual punishment".
Though it sucks, I know, a certain small amount of freedoms have to be given up for a sense of order and secuirty in any government; it's one of the first things you learn in a government class. The idea behind government is that, for the sake of secuirty and order, a group of people come together and give up a bit of their freedom so that they could find order and secuirty in the world.
So the issue at hand isn't cultures aside form the Western in general, but the more extreme examples tht can risk the security of the group of people under the government as a whole. If you want to wear a sari to school, or a cute headscarf that doesn't hide the whole face, or even a qipao, that's fine; but it's not fair to the rest of the students if they have to keep their faces uncoverd for reasons of identification while a small group of people are exempt to wear burqas. That's all Miranda and I are saying; we're not trying to imply that other cultures are bad