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> French Ban On Muslim Headscarves, What do you think?
post 2nd Sep 2004, 11:01am
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The French government has passed a law banning the wearing of Islamic headscarves in schools, which came into effect at the start of the new school year today. The French had been debating the issue for two decades, but it intensified in the past couple of years, with dozens of girls expelled from secular schools for refusing to remove their head covering.

Many French people regard the headscarf as a symbol of oppression of women, as well as the embodiment of a political worldview that rejects secularism and even, for some, embraces Islamic extremism.

Do you think the banning of the headscarves (and other overtly religious symbols) is a progressive step in a modern society and would you like the law to spread to other countries?

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- GG   French Ban On Muslim Headscarves   2nd Sep 2004, 11:01am
- - Archie Millar   If you live in a country you abide by its laws   2nd Sep 2004, 12:59pm
- - Isobel   Fully agree with Archie, You live in a country you...   2nd Sep 2004, 01:30pm
- - hubert   Quite a number of years ago Sikhs that worked on G...   2nd Sep 2004, 02:35pm
- - whyteinch   Hubert .. time has moved on. France has taken this...   2nd Sep 2004, 03:04pm
- - carmella   If this is what the French wish to do, since I do ...   2nd Sep 2004, 05:01pm
- - Melody   How sad it all is, this short life of ours. Archie...   2nd Sep 2004, 05:24pm
- - hubert   Hey Melodical a thought it wis me that said live a...   2nd Sep 2004, 09:33pm
- - ca,ppp,doremi   Laugh if you will. But my reaction to this situati...   2nd Sep 2004, 10:18pm
- - Tom   When in Rome do as the Romans do.   3rd Sep 2004, 02:21am
- - Melody   Oh Hubert, humble apologies but you know me, must ...   3rd Sep 2004, 06:07am
- - AmazingGrace   What a narrow minded world we live in. Richard an...   3rd Sep 2004, 02:50pm
- - Tizzard   I think the ban is a GOOD STEP forward and is LONG...   3rd Sep 2004, 05:05pm
- - steakpie   I think the losers in the headscarf battle will be...   3rd Sep 2004, 09:36pm
- - Isobel   You got it Amazing grace.   4th Sep 2004, 02:06am
- - AmazingGrace   Steakpie, Islam is not all bad like all religions,...   4th Sep 2004, 08:34am
- - August26   I totaly agree, when in Rome do as the Romans do, ...   7th Sep 2004, 04:06am
- - flim   Hi All GG's France is correct about the wearin...   10th Sep 2004, 07:35am
- - Heather   Aye your right Flim. Sure about 2 years ago I was...   10th Sep 2004, 09:29am
- - Catherine   I've shortened down the Dress Code that's ...   10th Sep 2004, 01:14pm
- - flim   Hi All GG's..Could someone please tell me why ...   10th Sep 2004, 01:30pm
- - Isobel   I have many friends like you Catherine who are of ...   10th Sep 2004, 01:40pm
- - Catherine   Hi Flim I believe it's a mark of respect, for ...   10th Sep 2004, 01:54pm
- - Heather   The people who run the schools have made it a rule...   10th Sep 2004, 08:28pm
- - Catherine   Hi Heather, I've heard similar discussions on ...   10th Sep 2004, 09:39pm
- - August26   Tommy watched a show last night on PBS about the r...   11th Sep 2004, 01:04am
- - Catherine   Och away an bile yer heid Tommy Seriously Augus...   11th Sep 2004, 03:58am
- - August26   Catherine: It was a legitimate show, well accordin...   11th Sep 2004, 04:24am
- - hubert   Catherine of Canada, you have it right, looking at...   11th Sep 2004, 04:39am
- - Melody   Aw Hubert, the voice of reason, hey Catherine for ...   11th Sep 2004, 03:30pm
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