Don't be frustrated about the thread getting "hijacked"; internet fora are infamous for having that happen. Plus, it's not your fault if folks decide to argue. You didn't ask them to, and they didn't have to!
To continue the discussion at hand, though, my wife recently bought several headscarves she plans on wearing (she may take them back if her father brought her back any from his recent trip to India like she asked). Before now, she hadn't worn them, but feels that it is a good, pious custom, so she's going to start. Our parish has had a few of our ladies cover at some point in time, then discontinue covering.
I think it comes down to whether or not a convert wants to embrace the culture "as is" and only change things if there exists an obvious need to do so. There is no obvious need to get rid of them -- indeed, there is a mentioning of it in Scripture, so that's in its favor -- but neither has it ever been treated as a dogmatic point of Faith.
Forgive the graphic nature of the following comments, but it does pertain to why, perhaps, St. Paul mentioned head coverings in the first place.
I remember an article that a friend of mine linked to on his blog which seemed to indicate that the cultural reason for covering the head was based on a connection made in Middle Eastern cultures between the hair on the head of a pubescent woman and her genetalia. According to the article (you may read it HERE
), the ancient world understood that, when a woman entered puberty, her hair began to serve as a sort of gland that aided in conception and so, just as one would cover the legs of the pubescent girl, one would also cover her head.
Any thoughts on the article?