France forgets Voltaire

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April 26, 2011
IFeminists    
Posted in LAND Commentary

"“France’s burqa ban: Has Europe forgotten the gas chambers?” The Christian Science Monitor (April 14) headline is followed by the text, “As we’ve seen with France’s burqa ban that went into effect this week, global religious tolerance — especially in Europe — is under threat.”
France is arresting women who wear a burqa or niqab in public ... and it is doing so in the name of “liberating” those arrested. The burqa (a robe covering women from head to toe) and the niqab (a veil covering the lower face) are illegal because they are deemed to be instruments of the male Islamic oppression of women. Or is it because they are symbols of fundamentalist Islam?" (04/22/11)

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