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Change My Mind: Should Canada Ban Muslim Face Coverings?

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Welcome to our Change My Mind debate series, in which we challenge leading voices to debate an issue -- and allow you, the reader, to determine who wins.

Today's topic is based on Immigration Minister Jason Kenney's decision to ban Muslim face coverings from citizenship ceremonies. In doing so, he said: "Isolating and separating a group of Canadians or allowing that group to hide their faces while they are becoming members of our community is completely counter to Canada's commitment to openness and social cohesion." Huffpost asked two of our prominent Muslim contributors, Farzana Hassan and Farah Mawani, to debate the following statement:
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Pre-debate poll:

Tell us your opinion before the debate starts to set the starting line

Muslim face coverings (such as the burka and niqab) should be banned in free and democratic societies.

Agree - Thanks for voting! Please proceed to read the debate below

Please vote to proceed to the debate

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Who makes the better argument?

"Disagree" responds to "Agree"

"Agree" responds to "Disagree"

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POST DEBATE POLL

Did one of the arguments change your mind?

Muslim face coverings (such as the burka and niqab) should be banned in free and democratic societies.

VIEW DEBATE ROUND 1 RESULTS

Agree - Thanks for voting again! Here are the results:

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moreless AgreeDisagreeUndecided

"Agree""Disagree"Neither argumenthas changed the most minds