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The full Islamic face-veil is a part of the "British way of life" and should be celebrated along with religious symbols such as the crucifix, according to a report published today.

Opponents of the veil claim it oppresses women and presents a barrier between those who wear traditional dress and the rest of society.

But in a new report from think-tank Civitas, Alveena Malik, a former faith adviser to the last Labour government, said the test of whether religious symbols are appropriate should be based on whether they are practical.


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