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  France Looks To Ban Islamic Head Scarves In Schools
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Last EditedWishful Thinking  Dec 14, 2003 05:25pm
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News DateFriday, December 12, 2003 08:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionA presidential panel recommended Thursday that France ban Islamic head scarves, Jewish skullcaps and large crucifixes at public schools. Although directed at all three religions, the measure clearly was aimed at countering Islamic fundamentalism.
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D:802nobodyspatsy ( 0.0000 points)
Wed, January 7, 2004 12:07:24 PM UTC0:00
Come on now... Clothing is an expression of one's individuality, character and views and may reflect on ones religion as well. As long as no one forces or promotes the wearing of skullcaps, crosses or scarves - or displays them in a proseletizing manner - I'm fine. If a woman wears her scarf as an expression of her religion - without forcing it down my throat - I'm fine. Next they'll deny my right to wear my overgrown afro OR wear messages on my clothing as an expression of my political values.
LOOK BENEATH THE SURFACE - that which at first appears to be supportive of the separation of church and state has evolved into a narrow minded defining of an individual freedom of expression.
We're on a slippery slope here - it could easily go either way...

PS: Moslem women who practice Islam devoutly are required to wear the scarves - do we wish to cloister them from society and deny them freedom of movement within western society?!? Do we want to kick all Moslem girls out of school? Besides, no one is stopping European nuns from continuing to wear full flowing habits complete with headgear coupled with a full length of Rosary beads and a dollar sized cross.
LOOKS LIKE A DOUBLE STANDARD to me - and I'm Catholic to boot.

Veg:334Nothing wrong, just gone ( 591.1573 points)
Thu, January 8, 2004 12:01:58 AM UTC0:00
Le Pen is probably salivating at this ANTI sentiment.

SAP:262Gaear Grimsrud ( 6920.2134 points)
Thu, January 8, 2004 12:13:30 AM UTC0:00
"Moslem women who practice Islam devoutly are required to wear the scarves"

It only says to dress decently. That's open to interpretation...