Saturday, December 18, 2004

Kind of a disturbing article. Large numbers of Americans surveyed believe in restricting the rights of Muslims in the US.

This of course makes me think of the recently introduced restrictions in France on "overt" religious garb in schools, with Muslim clothing like headcoverings for women being considered one of the main targets. Personally I think this is a foolish idea. They claim they want to retain the secular character of the French school system, but in reality what they are doing is playing into the hands of those who would see their fellow Muslims isolated from mainstream European culture. Those Islamists who advocate such a policy can claim they are being discriminated against by mainstream society, and hence Muslim children must be removed from such a situation.

BTW I came across the link to the article above at Americablog.

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