Un voile au-dessus de la liberté, de l’égalité et de la fraternité

13 Apr

The French ban on the wearing of the niqab (veil) is wrong. It is a sad affront to the Republic’s democratic traditions.

But is it any more wrong than the enforced wearing of the chador in Iran, or the wearing of the abbayah in Saudi Arabia? Personal choices and freedom of religion, dress and self-expression are denied in many totalitarian states, so it saddens me that the first modern republic in Europe, an allegedly democratic state, has singled out one sector of the population for such discriminatory treatment.

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