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Banning Liberty: A Reminder

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Banning Liberty: A Reminder

On Monday, the French ban on niqab (or the burka) took place. Any woman in a public area with her face covered can be arrested and charged or fined. France is considered a secular society which, by definition, would mean that it has religion separated from state. It may mean eliminating laws based on religion and ending religious discrimination.

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Behind the Veil: For American Muslims, Choosing to Wear the Veil Poses Challenges – NYTimes.com

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Behind the Veil: For American Muslims, Choosing to Wear the Veil Poses Challenges – NYTimes.com

HEBAH AHMED assessed the weather before she stepped out of her minivan. “It’s windy,” she said with a sigh, tucking a loose bit of hair into her scarf. Her younger sister, Sarah, watched out the window as dust devils danced across the parking lot. “Oh, great,” she said, “I’m going to look like the flying nun.”

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France to target super-rich Muslim women in burkas

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France to target super-rich Muslim women in burkas

Super-rich Muslim women who shop at luxury boutiques wearing black burkas are to be targeted by the French government in a clampdown on Islamic veils, it emerged today. As parliament adopted a formal motion declaring such dress to be ‘an affront to the nation’s values’, French MPs made it clear that they were not stigmatising the poor. Many have criticised the anti-burka lobby, which includes President Nicolas Sarkozy, for focusing on poor Muslim housewives living on housing estates.

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New Quebec Law and Niqab

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New Quebec Law and Niqab

MONTREAL – Muslim women will be forced to uncover their faces if they want services from the Quebec government, according to landmark legislation tabled Wednesday in the province. In tabling the bill, Quebec delves into sensitive territory where governments in Canada have largely avoided treading: setting hard-and-fast rules for accommodating minorities. The bill says people obtaining – or delivering – services at places like the health-or auto-insurance boards will need to do so with their faces in plain view. Face-coverings won’t be tolerated if they hinder communication or visual identification.

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Niqab Ban News: In France, Denmark, Italy and Egypt

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Niqab Ban News: In France, Denmark, Italy and Egypt

A round-up of some niqab-related news for anyone interested in keeping up (in France, Denmark and Italy and Egypt).

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