Freedom of Religion and Expression
Aren't freedom of expression and freedom of religion also pillars of secular government?
A ban on the burka from any sphere of public life would be a grotesque infringement of an individual's freedom of expression and religious freedoms. The principles of a secular state dictate that religion should be kept out of government, but this does not mean religious attire. Nor does it mean that those with religious beliefs cannot express those beliefs through their clothing while in a public office.
The fact that limits on religious expression in public offices and buildings is only discussed in the context of a burka ban exposes the anti-Islamic motives behind the ban.
We never hear a politician stand up and denounce Christian civil servants for wearing a crucifix around their necks. If these politicians truly feared religious attire and iconography infiltrating public spaces, they would denounce all symbolism, including religious tattoos, necklaces, turbans, kippahs, and headscarves, with the same gusto they attack burkas with.
In reality, those calling for a burka ban in government offices are mounting an attack on Islamic culture behind the veneer of secularism.