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Straw still received, listened to and helped veiled women who came to his surgeries, he just let them know that not being able to see their faces made him uncomfortable. I am not aware of any public protests. However, since he came out publicly on the topic, the press took the (IMHO) wrong spin on it, broadcast his "gaining backing" from political and religious (Xian) figures, then broadcast (IMHO misplaced) acusations of racism, and then people started assaulting veiled women, and some muslims started protesting.

Those whom the Gods wish to destroy They first make mad. -- Euripides
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Oct 8th, 2006 at 09:58:18 AM EST
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