France is being completely hypocritical here and are really just throwing petrol on the fire. You can't defend freedom by enforcing a dress code. Even if you leave religion out of it, if someone wanted to wear a veil for other reasons, like if they were scarred or they just felt like it, then are they not allowed to wear it either? If that's not the case, then the only way to enforce this is to have a separate law that only applies to females of a particular religion, and that is a recipe for disaster.
They're just TELLING women that they're oppressed and subjugated instead of ASKING them and paying attention. But are they making it easier for women who really are being subjugated to escape their families? This law isn't going to give any practical help to muslim women who are genuinely oppressed.
And worst of all this is going to give some of the more volatile extremists an excuse to feel persecuted, making religious tension even worse. That's the opposite of what they claim they're trying to do.
@LizVicious: "So you don't think it's appropriate for a western democracy to prescribe what people can wear but don't even question it when Muslim countries do that and worse. "
@Sarah Oriordon: if we were to go to a muslim country wearing a cross or a jesus tshirt ,we would get shot"
No, NOBODY is defending Muslim countries who do that. Just saying that it's hypocritical if you condemn countries for forcing a clothing law on people, and then go and do the exact same thing. This kind of argument is complete rubbish, as always. Their behaviour is wrong therefore we have to act exactly the same, otherwise we're defending them? Bull$hit.
And France made Christian crosses in schools (as part of 'all religious symbols') illegal a few years ago - I'd have thought you'd know that seeing as how you're such experts on their 'progressive' laws all of a sudden.