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To: DoctorZIn
Khatami Asks France to Revoke Ban on Headscarves

December 23, 2003
Agence France-Presse
Hindustan Times

Iranian President Mohammad Khatami asked the French government on Tuesday to cancel President Jacques Chirac's "wrong decision" in backing a move to ban Islamic headscarves and other conspicuous religious signs at schools.

"I hope the French government, which claims to be avant-garde in liberty, equality and fraternity, will cancel this wrong decision," Khatami told reporters after submitting next year's budget bill to the Iranian parliament.

"This decision is not final yet and I hope that our parliament gives a message to the parliament in France not to approve this law, which is against liberty and the guidelines of democracy," he added.

Khatami said the "hijab (headscarf) is a religious necessity and its restriction is a sign of a kind of extreme nationalistic tendency."

On Sunday, Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said Iran criticized Chirac's "extremist decision."

"We regard this as an extremist decision aimed at preventing the development of Islamic values" in France.

After months of heated debate, France's Stasi committee of experts last week recommended banning "conspicuous" religious insignia -- including the Muslim headscarf, the Jewish kippa and large crucifixes -- from state schools, which are in principle strictly secular.

In a speech Wednesday, Chirac came out in favour of the ban, which he wants written into law by the start of the next academic year.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_505735,00050004.htm
14 posted on 12/23/2003 8:33:36 AM PST by DoctorZIn (Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Khatami says: "This decision is not final yet and I hope that our parliament gives a message to the parliament in France not to approve this law, which is against liberty and the guidelines of democracy," he added.

I say:
The French ban on the Veil is against 'liberty and democracy',

but yet the Islamic Republic forcing everyone including Christians, Jews, Zoroastrians, and every other religious minority to WEAR THE VEIL is NOT against Liberty and DEMOCRACY?

Man i hate this Khatami creature more and more each day.
15 posted on 12/23/2003 11:47:16 AM PST by freedom44
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