Skip to comments.A new headscarf row (France)
Posted on 06/26/2014 9:18:34 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
EVER since the French banned conspicuous religious symbols from state schools in 2004, the country has grappled with striking the right balance between religious freedom and enforcement of its strict secular rules. On June 25th the scales tilted again after a landmark ruling by the top appeals court that a private day-care firm was within its rights when it fired a woman for wearing a Muslim headscarf.
In 2008 Fatima Afif was sacked from her job at Baby-loup, a private nursery in the western suburbs of Paris, for wearing an Islamic head-covering. She took her case to court, claiming discrimination and infringement of religious freedom. In 2013, after three years of legal proceedings, a high-level court ruled in her favour. It judged that the nursery was a private enterprise, not a public service, and that Ms Afifs sacking did indeed constitute discrimination on the ground of religious belief.
At the time, this prompted a political outcry. France is unapologetic about applying its strict secular tradition, known as laïcité, which was entrenched by law in 1905 after anti-clerical struggles in the 19th century. This is why the French legislated to keep headscarves and other religious symbols out of state schools a decade ago, and, in 2011, to ban the burqa or full-face covering from public places. Even though Baby-loup was a private nursery, Manuel Valls, then interior minister and now President François Hollandes prime minister, said that he regretted the courts decision as it called into question the principle of secular education.
Now, however, the final appeals court has overturned that ruling, setting a new precedent for the way in which secular rules might be applied to the private sector.
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I can’t blame them.
I spent a month in Paris back in the 1980’s...it was bad then.
East Berlin was even worse.
God bless Bridget Bardot.
Few realize that she not only organized and runs one of the most successful animal welfare organizations in the world, but was one of the first to speak out about Muslims overrunning France and destroying its culture.
She has been fined, sued and even jailed for her efforts.