A few days ago, I was driving through the city of Hamtramck, Michigan, which has a high Muslim population. There, on the sidewalks, I saw a group of Muslim women walking with their small children. These women were draped in thick black full-cover burqas with only slits for their eyes. The temperature that day was 97 degrees Fahrenheit. I could see that the women were in clear distress as I could hear some of them breathing heavily and limping along. Wearing a headscarf or hijab is one thing, but fully covering yourself in black on a very hot day can be life-threatening. I was convinced that nobody with any sense would wear that kind of clothing in such heat willfully, inside or outside shelter. I know that many have expressed outrage after some european countries have banned the burqa, saying it violates freedom of religion. But is wearing is really always a freedom, or is it often coerced?