Really. That is how I feel. Like Safiyya, I don't cover my own face. But I really don't see how her religious freedom is being protected here. I really do not.
Perhaps, as I mentioned above, it's because of the related case I am aware of in my own home state, which went completely in the opposite direction.
I was talking to a sister yesterday about the case, and she found it interesting, the way reporters/commentators seemed to want to undermine Ms. Freeman's sincerity by pointing out her choice to wear kohl on her eyes (which they referred to as eye makeup, calling to question her actual degree of modesty...and btw our prophet--peace be upon him--was known to put the stuff on his eyes), and the fact that, while she coveres all but her eyes, she leaves her hands uncovered...and that her understanding/practice of Islam's requirements are a minority one--and therefore less entitled to protection?! All kinds of yucky feelings on my own part.
I understand a need for security...but I just do not see the connection.