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    If a non-devout person insisted on wearing a scarf over their face in court, it would not be tolerated. Certain people cannot be allowed to defy court rules on a basis of authenticity or sincerity of devotion to a religious figure, which does not at all factor into government. Although government protects the First Amendment rights of its people (to wear a headscarf or practice religion in general, for example), it can only do so at the expense of a few compromised rights in special circumstances, by a social compromise on the part of its people — short term rights loss in order to uphold long term rights protection. This is the basis of all government. Ultimately, religion does not factor into government nor law, and thus all court rules, within reason, should enforce measures of safety and security — such as obtaining undoubtedly honest, authentic, personal testimony — that support the entire justice system that is in place to serve the overall community.
    Until better technology or alternative methods are found, these women should be required to remove their headscarves in court.

    The matter of forbidding them to be worn in public, however, draws in further controversy…