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French Muslim Policewoman Refuses To Take Off Headscarf
The Turkish Press ^ | September 13 2004 | AFP

Posted on 09/13/2004 9:35:58 AM PDT by knighthawk

PARIS, Sept 13 (AFP) - A Muslim policewoman in Paris has annoyed her superiors and stoked a national debate in France over Islamic headscarves after refusing to take off her own head covering on religious grounds, a police union said Monday.

The woman, a traffic officer identified only as Nora C., refused an order given August 25 to take off a small headscarf that she wears under her uniform cap, the union said, confirming a report in a news magazine, L'Express.

She reiterated her stance the next day when she met another superior officer, whose hand she declined to shake, the union, Synergie, said.

The union added that the woman, who is divorced with two children, was currently off work on medical leave.

The incident focused attention back on a controversial new law in France banning Islamic headscarves and other religious insignia in state schools in a bid to uphold the country's strict secularity.

Muslim groups in particular have protested against the measure, claiming it infringes upon their religious traditions.

It was not clear whether the policewoman was breaching uniform rules by insisting on keeping her headscarf, but the Synergie union asserted that her act was "unacceptable on principle" and threw "the neutrality of the state into question".

Paris's 2,000 traffic officers wear a distinctive blue-and-white uniform topped with a yellow and blue cap.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: france; headscarf; police

1 posted on 09/13/2004 9:35:59 AM PDT by knighthawk
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To: MizSterious; rebdov; Nix 2; green lantern; BeOSUser; Brad's Gramma; dreadme; Turk2; keri; ...

Ping


2 posted on 09/13/2004 9:36:34 AM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: knighthawk

Nora C. was qouted as saying "I'm so angry I could just explode".


3 posted on 09/13/2004 9:37:43 AM PDT by cripplecreek (The economy won't matter if you're dead.)
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To: knighthawk

She's been reassigned to Chief Inspecteur Dreyfuss.


4 posted on 09/13/2004 9:40:45 AM PDT by Riley (Need an experienced computer tech in the DC Metro area? I'm looking. Freepmail for details.)
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To: knighthawk

There was a case in New York, involving a Sikh cop who wanted to wear his turban instead of the police hat. He claimed religious discrimination.

I think he was nixed.


5 posted on 09/13/2004 9:40:59 AM PDT by I Blame the Parents (Hangover is the wrath of grapes)
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To: knighthawk

I'd like to see a story about a nudist policewoman who refuses to wear a shirt.


6 posted on 09/13/2004 9:42:40 AM PDT by gutshot
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To: knighthawk

"Muslim groups in particular have protested against the measure, claiming it infringes upon their religious traditions. "

They know how to leave France.


7 posted on 09/13/2004 9:44:33 AM PDT by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: gutshot

And if she arrested me...

Cop: "Anything you say can be held against you..."

GunnyG: "T*TS, T*TS, T*TS, T*TS


8 posted on 09/13/2004 9:45:05 AM PDT by gunnygail (Founding member of the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy. (I operate the minigun, more fun):.)
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To: CzarNicky
No, no! We want France to welcome them all!
9 posted on 09/13/2004 9:46:39 AM PDT by Scothia (A government big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away. ~ Goldwater)
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To: knighthawk

You are le fired!


10 posted on 09/13/2004 9:46:49 AM PDT by doodad
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To: knighthawk

Stone Her


11 posted on 09/13/2004 9:47:02 AM PDT by boomop1
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To: knighthawk
I wouldn't dream of speaking for France ... but, it seems to me that a citizen has the freedom to wear just about anything on their head. I don't see any government trying to limit that freedom.

NOW if you want to be a uniformed police officer AND exercise such freedom, you may find that your employer has a certain degree of freedom in who is allowed to be a uniformed police officer. But rest easy -- you will always have total control over what you put on your head (and that's what you value most, right?)

12 posted on 09/13/2004 9:47:12 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (I have two words for John Kerry: "YYYEEEEAAARRGGGHHHH!!!!")
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To: gutshot

Boy, pinning her badge on would be painful!


13 posted on 09/13/2004 9:48:20 AM PDT by cjshapi
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To: knighthawk

---my suggestion to France for the headscarf problem is to offer the wearer a choice---remove the headscarf or have the heads of all of her identifiable male relatives removed. This would begin to solve one of Europe's most pressing social problems---


14 posted on 09/13/2004 9:49:22 AM PDT by rellimpank
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To: I Blame the Parents

Actually, I think he filed suit and has been reinstated, along with this turban.


15 posted on 09/13/2004 9:51:56 AM PDT by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: knighthawk
"french policewoman refuses to take off her headscarf"

French police immediately grab white flags,surrender and go running home.
16 posted on 09/13/2004 9:52:53 AM PDT by keysguy (Trust the media as far as you can throw them)
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To: gutshot
I'd like to see a story about a nudist policewoman who refuses to wear a shirt.

Wouldn't she still have to wear the badge? :)

17 posted on 09/13/2004 10:01:24 AM PDT by nosofar ("I'm not above the Law. I am the Law!" - Judge Dredd)
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To: knighthawk
So what's the controversy?
Fire her.
18 posted on 09/13/2004 10:02:57 AM PDT by Publius6961 (I don't do diplomacy either)
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To: knighthawk

A KKK outfit, or a Nazi outfit would be banned. The Muslim getups are far more political than religious in nature.


19 posted on 09/13/2004 10:15:07 AM PDT by tkathy (There will be no world peace until all thuggocracies are gone from the earth.)
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To: nosofar

Tattoo the badge on. . . (g)


20 posted on 09/13/2004 10:16:12 AM PDT by Salgak (don't mind me: the orbital mind control lasers are making me write this. . .)
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To: knighthawk
I love how EVERYTHING in France sparks a "national debate" of some sort.

Makes me more grateful for our Federal Republic on a daily basis. Things which inflame small portions of the populace leave the rest of us completely unfazed.

21 posted on 09/13/2004 11:02:08 AM PDT by detsaoT (insert hot-button issue here.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The school headscarf ban was more a protest against too many Muslims than against headscarves. I don't see why headscaves would bother anyone.


22 posted on 09/13/2004 12:32:49 PM PDT by I Blame the Parents (Hangover is the wrath of grapes)
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