And what about the Jews?
: How come Jacques Chirac’s (numbnutty) ban on wearing overt religious symbols is being portrayed in most media as a Muslim “headscarf ban,” as Reuters puts it? It also forbids Jewish children from wearing skull caps — Jewish children who have been attacked because they wear skull caps. Why are the headlines and leads all about Muslim scarves instead?
UPDATE: Pedram says “the French have officially lost it” and all this is…
…secularism gone mad. Just as wrong as it is for the Iranian government to force women to wear that scarf, it is equally wrong for the French to force them to shed it in public schools.
Where’s the idea of personal freedoms in all this? and where does it stop? Will they also control what the student eat in case it’s Kosher, or read to make sure there’s no references to Allah? Even a member of Iranian Parliament gets it, but apparently Chirac does not. Iranian parliamentarian Ali Shakourirad said “The ban on headscarves is a measure to limit personal freedom. For a country like France, which has democracy, it is a major failure.” He’s right!