Saturday, July 19, 2008

French Administrative Court: Wear a Veil, Citizenship Denied!

The New York Times has a story today about a Morrocan immigrant denied French citizenship by France's highest administrative court for wearing the veil:

"But last month, France’s highest administrative court upheld a decision to deny citizenship to Ms. Silmi, 32, on the ground that her “radical” practice of Islam was incompatible with French values like equality of the sexes.

It was the first time that a French court had judged someone’s capacity to be assimilated into France based on private religious practice, taking laïcité — the country’s strict concept of secularism — from the public sphere into the home."


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