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Hijab, France, and the religious right

July 14, 2014

The European Court of Human Rights has upheld a French law that bans going about in public with your face covered. Exceptions are made for things like motorcycle helmets. (And, I hope, a bandanna while mowing the yard.) France has a long tradition of enforcing a strong sense of citizenship. And it’s easy to imagine the drawbacks to allowing masks in, say, banks or courtrooms or school classes. That said, such law is a clear limit on religious expression. Andrew Sullivan asks the natural question: Why aren’t the religious right raising a hue and cry opposing France’s law? Could it perhaps be because it affects Muslims, not Christians?

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