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French innkeeper fined over Muslim headscarf demand
Swissinfo ^ | October 09 2007 | Reuters

Posted on 10/09/2007 1:52:50 PM PDT by knighthawk

STRASBOURG, France (Reuters) - A French court on Tuesday fined a guesthouse owner who refused to give a room to a woman wearing a Muslim headscarf unless she removed it in common areas.

Found guilty of religious discrimination, Yvette Truchelut, 54, was handed a suspended four month prison sentence and fined 1,000 euros ($1409). She will have to pay a total of 7,400 euros to the plaintiff and rights groups that brought the action.

Horia Demiati, who is of Moroccan origin, came to the guesthouse in eastern France in August 2006 with her mother, who was also wearing a headscarf, and other members of her family.

She chose to leave the guesthouse rather than comply with the guesthouse owner's demand. Truchelut defended herself during hearings last week by citing her views on secularism.

France in 2004 passed a law banning religious garb, notably Muslim headscarves, from state schools. The move sparked a vigorous public debate on integrating immigrants and the right of religious expression.

Since then, President Nicolas Sarkozy has further stoked the debate with the creation of a new ministry for immigration and national identity which critics say risks reinforcing racial prejudice by twinning the two issues.

Reuters (IDS)


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: culturalsuicide; france; headscarf; nationalsuicide

1 posted on 10/09/2007 1:52:51 PM PDT by knighthawk
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To: MizSterious; Nix 2; green lantern; BeOSUser; Brad's Gramma; dreadme; Turk2; keri; ...

Ping


2 posted on 10/09/2007 1:53:11 PM 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

“And you stink...take a bath.”


3 posted on 10/09/2007 1:53:42 PM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: knighthawk
Muslims remind me of Fosterites in Stranger in a Strange Land


4 posted on 10/09/2007 1:59:07 PM PDT by William Terrell (Individuals can exist without government but government can't exist without individuals.)
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To: Slapshot68

Charge’m for the lice. Double for the mice. Extra charge for kneeling down to Mecca twice.


5 posted on 10/09/2007 1:59:42 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: knighthawk

Once again; France is a conquered and occupied nation. Good thing it can’t happen here.


6 posted on 10/09/2007 1:59:56 PM PDT by isrul (Lamentations 5:2)
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To: Slapshot68
A bit more erudite, please, this is, after all, FR, not DU. ;)
7 posted on 10/09/2007 2:20:46 PM PDT by Melinda
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To: knighthawk

The muzzies are trying to use the exact same legal tactics here in the U.S. to silence their critics. Judgments like this just encourage them, even if it is in France, since they think that if they try it enough, they’ll eventually find a suitably liberal judge that will side with them.


8 posted on 10/09/2007 2:21:11 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
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To: knighthawk

But if it’s private property can’t he have a dress code?


9 posted on 10/09/2007 2:28:45 PM PDT by janereinheimer ((I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.))
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To: knighthawk

What is their one set of rules for civilians and one for the government? Back in 2004 France banned them in schools.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2004/02/02/world/main597565.shtml

A law banning Islamic head scarves in France’s public schools was adopted Wednesday in the Senate by a vote of 276-20.


10 posted on 10/09/2007 2:49:44 PM PDT by Shots
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To: janereinheimer
But if it’s private property....

BZZZZZZZT!!!

I'm sorry, but that was your last chance. Thank you for playing "Modern Democratic Socialism".

11 posted on 10/09/2007 2:49:58 PM PDT by thulldud
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To: isrul

“Good thing it can’t happen here.”

I must assume you’re living in Vatican City. France may be conquered as you claim, but here in the US we’re installing footbaths and prayer rooms for Muslims and giving them all kinds of privileges other religions don’t get.


12 posted on 10/09/2007 3:27:01 PM PDT by 353FMG (Government is the opiate of the people.)
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To: 353FMG
I forgot to include /sarc. Sorry to mislead
13 posted on 10/09/2007 3:39:33 PM PDT by isrul (Lamentations 5:2)
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To: isrul

I got it right the first time. That’s why I asked you if you were living in the Vatican.


14 posted on 10/09/2007 3:57:28 PM PDT by 353FMG (Government is the opiate of the people.)
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To: knighthawk

Next time one of those 9th Century knuckledraggers want to stay just make sure that every bit of food they’re served contains some kind of pork product.and make sure they find a “koran” in their toilet.


15 posted on 10/09/2007 4:29:42 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If martyrdom is so cool,why does Osama Obama go to such great lengths to avoid it?)
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To: thulldud

I’m sorry, but that was your last chance. Thank you for playing “Modern Democratic Socialism”.

You lost me. Don’t know what you mean by this.


16 posted on 10/10/2007 8:36:54 AM PDT by janereinheimer ((I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.))
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To: janereinheimer
Just that "private property" in such a meaningful sense does not exist in a democratic socialist state. What the majority decides is the law, and if they decide that you can't exclude such and such things from "your" premises, whatcha gonna do?

The same sort of thing has happened in America. "Equal housing" means that the instant you put a property into the rental market, you lose the ability to choose your tenants, since you might "discriminate" against somebody. Do you consider that consistent with "private property"?

Right, I don't either.

17 posted on 10/11/2007 8:43:13 AM PDT by thulldud
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To: thulldud

No — the part that I don’t get is your comment that my making this statement was my last chance...

That I don’t get. I thought only the thread administrators could decide if my comments reached my “last chance”

As far as the other is concerned, I’ve removed students from class because they violated a dress code and I wasn’t fined. And I taught at a very diverse college.


18 posted on 10/11/2007 11:48:06 AM PDT by janereinheimer ((I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.))
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To: janereinheimer
That was merely a game show allusion. The sound effect was part of that allusion.

I am not, and have never been, a member of the Administrative Party. ( Bonus round for getting this allusion. ) But since you mention that you were teaching in what was likely a leftist madrassa, I can understand your wariness at the approach of such animals.

19 posted on 10/11/2007 2:01:53 PM PDT by thulldud
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To: thulldud

Thanks for your replay. Glad to have that cleared up.


20 posted on 10/11/2007 6:23:56 PM PDT by janereinheimer ((I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.))
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To: thulldud

Sorry. Make that “reply”


21 posted on 10/11/2007 6:24:36 PM PDT by janereinheimer ((I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.))
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