Airport scanners have been the subject of a lot of controversy lately. The new full-body scanners, which are capable of capturing images of our bodies under our clothing, leave many people afraid that their modesty and privacy will be compromised. Many of these objections are religious in nature. Jewish, Muslim and Christian leaders have all expressed their concerns about the privacy of their followers, with most of the concerns being raised regarding women's modesty, in particular. Here are several articles outlining the objections raised by leaders of these three religions:
Christian leader speaks out on the threat to modesty by airport scanners:
Rabbis object to airport scanners being a violation of tzniut (modesty laws):
Muslim leaders raise concerns over the loss of privacy and modesty by the use of scanners:
Should religious objections be taken into consideration when security is a concern? Or are an individual's modesty and religious values more important than security? If religious objections can be considered, why not concerns having to do with health or first amendment issues?