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Saturday, 12 July 2008

Veiled threat to Islamisation

A veiled woman has been denied citizenship by France because her brand of Islam is incompatible with French values.

"The case will re-ignite debate about how to reconcile religious freedom with other rights, which many in France feel are being challenged by the way of life of some Muslims," says this story in Britain's Daily Mail.

The Mail quotes Le Monde as saying it's the first time this sort of thing has happened because of personal religious practice.

The Mail continues:

Married to a French national, the woman arrived in France in 2000, speaks good French and has three children born in France.

Thought to be aged 32, she wears a burka that covers all her body except her eyes, and lives in "total submission" to her husband and male relatives, according to social services.

And it's that total submission that's worrying.

Should she be allowed citizenship? Is what she does with her appearance a not a private matter (provided she's not a threat to others)? I suspect it's not just her submission but the fact that she's wearing it like a badge of honour that's upsetting the authorities.

"The ruling", says the Mail, "comes weeks after a heated debate over whether traditional Muslim views were creeping into French law, prompted by a court annulment of the marriage of two Muslims because the husband said the wife was not a virgin as she had claimed to be."

It looks as though, if creeping Islam is to be halted, the process has to start somewhere.

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