Because this is our culture, and in our culture, we do not veil. We do not veil because we do not believe that God demands this of women or even desires it; nor do we believe that unveiled women are whores, nor do we believe they deserve social censure, harassment, or rape. Our culture's position on these questions is morally superior. We have every right, indeed an obligation, to ensure that our more enlightened conception of women and their proper role in society prevails in any cultural conflict, particularly one on Western soil.
Obama sees this differently ("[F]reedom in America is indivisible from the freedom to practice one's religion. That is why there is a mosque in every state in our union, and over 1,200 mosques within our borders. That's why the United States government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab and to punish those who would deny it.")
By the way, the Sage defends himself (and other residents of Mt. Airy) against this fiasco.
On another cultural matter, baseball season brought out these Mexican flag-waving exhibitionists. (The great counterpoint remains this Rick Monday play, during an even worse era.) Pitching star Fernando Valenzuela made his debut, to the waving of Mexican flags in Dodger Stadium, in honor of his nationality. I don't recall anyone taking offense, and no one should have. When other nations of the world add to this country, that's one thing. When they seek to subvert its core principles, that's another, whether it is done by a foreigner or by the president of the United States.