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POLITICS: France Expelling Muslim Girls Over Scarves

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posted on Oct, 21 2004 @ 01:39 AM
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Using a new law that banns religious symbols in schools, France has begun expelling Muslim girls wearing headdresses. The expulsion are being carried out quietly for fear of endangering French hostages in Iraq. Since Tuesday, five girls have been expelled from various schools under the law that took effect September 2nd.
 



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PARIS - France has quietly begun expelling Muslim girls for wearing head scarves to public schools in defiance of a new law banning conspicuous religious symbols, treading carefully for fear of endangering two French hostages in Iraq.

The expulsions of at least five girls since Tuesday were the first since the law went into effect at the start of the academic year on Sept. 2. They were kept low-key because the French journalists' captors had demanded the measure be abolished.

After disciplinary hearings, officials on Wednesday expelled two 17-year-olds from schools in the eastern city of Mulhouse and another girl from a school in Flers in Normandy in western France.

"They have just destroyed my life," 12-year-old Khouloud told Le Monde newspaper after she and another girl were expelled Tuesday from the Jean Mace middle school in Mulhouse.

"What they want is to see us in tight pants like all the girls," Khouloud was quoted as saying. Le Monde did not give her last name.





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The captors of the two French journalists have demanded that the law be abolished as a condition for their release. The students are entitled to an appeal process and those expelled must continue their education at a private school. The law is not target specifically at Muslims, but also forbids large crosses, and , Jewish skull caps as well. The French government feels that the law helps uphold constitutional provisions on secularism and as a way to fight rising fundamentalism.



posted on Oct, 28 2004 @ 11:02 PM
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For some, the wearing of head dress is a mandatory religious obligation. Examples include Kippa's for Jews and Muslims, Turbans for Sikhs, scarves for Muslim women. Not so long ago it was socially (and perhaps morally) offensive for men and women in European and derivative cultures to lack headdress.

In the face of mandatory religious obligation, the Fench law and its administration can only be an outright infringement of freedom of religion.



posted on Oct, 29 2004 @ 12:17 AM
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Originally posted by FredT
The law is not target specifically at Muslims, but also forbids large crosses, and , Jewish skull caps as well. The French government feels that the law helps uphold constitutional provisions on secularism and as a way to fight rising fundamentalism.


How does this help fight fundamentalism? To me it is so disrespectful to forbid someone to wear something that is required by their faith. These women could be beaten or killed in some countries for not wearing their scarves. With that kind of belief system aren't they actually encouraging fundamentalism and anti-western sentiment?




posted on Oct, 29 2004 @ 12:34 AM
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I wonder if anyone actually knows that covering oneself is mandatory for men as well as women in Islam? Its just that as the men are in control, they can wear what they like and subjugate their women.....

Hijab and related garb..........

Also, you will notice, that it doesn't specifically mention Headress's as recquired by Islam. The headress is a fairly recent invention. So all this notion of requirment by religion is bogus.

[edit on 29/10/04 by stumason]



posted on Oct, 29 2004 @ 06:02 AM
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Quite right, if you go to another country you play by their rules. If they dont like it, they are always free to move to a muslim country

If an American moves to the UK should he be allowed to bring his assualt weapons with him?

How about if a Brit moves to Saudi Arabia, should he be allowed to take all his alcohol with him?



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