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submitted 9 months ago by MicroWave to c/world

Pupils will be banned from wearing abayas, loose-fitting full-length robes worn by some Muslim women, in France's state-run schools, the education minister has said.

The rule will be applied as soon as the new school year starts on 4 September.

France has a strict ban on religious signs in state schools and government buildings, arguing that they violate secular laws.

Wearing a headscarf has been banned since 2004 in state-run schools.

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[-] [email protected] 27 points 9 months ago

Reading all the anti-privacy and self expression things that France are pushing...wouldn't understand why anyone would want to move to france in this day and age.

[-] Dremor 43 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

If I agree with some anti-privacy woes, France (and more broadly Europe) is way more privacy friendly than the US. We have to fight for it from time to time, but for now it goes mostly in the right direction.

As for religious stuff, to understand that you have to understand France. We are, due to our history, mostly irreligious (50% of the whole population in 2017), with most religious people being non-practicing. Like every country we have our religious nutjobs, but they are mostly irrevelant compared to the US ones.
As such, we as a whole generally consider that religion should not impact public life and public places nor be displayed in there, with some specific exception (nuns and priests, as it is considered as being an uniform mandated by their trade).

School is a public space, as such public display of religion are forbidden. This is not specifically agains Muslim, the same would apply to a nun when going to school as a student. Other less ostensible religious sign, like crucifixes, are also banned.
All that is (mostly) to fight communitarianism, which is viewed here as a threat to society.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 9 months ago

Pretty progressive. Nice.

[-] SendMePhotos 10 points 9 months ago
[-] Dremor 1 points 9 months ago

This is the way (to the nearest bakery of course)

[-] [email protected] 4 points 9 months ago

Laicite has been a thing for a very long time. Simply put, France recognizes your right to believe any crap you like in your private life and recognizes religions under law, but people don't get to practice their religion in the public sphere, e.g. on state property.

This is as opposed to US secularism which is barely lip service and constantly undermined. If you want an analogue, France erects a steel barrier between religion and governance whereas US erects a 4ft chain link fence.

[-] SulaymanF 1 points 9 months ago

What a narrow understanding of religion. That law is based on the understanding that “religion” is something completely inside the mind and maybe something you attend once a week. That may have been nice in 1700s Europe when the only religion around were denominations of Christianity but it doesn’t account for the many religions that mandate looks and dress and even some that require tattoos. Instead the state implicitly labels those religions as inferior or less civilized and goes out of their way to single them out for law enforcement.

And the “obey or leave” mindset in this thread is ignorant of history, as France involuntarily made all Algerians French citizens and declared their lands French territory. This 2004 law and new amendments singles them out.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 9 months ago

Laicite has been a thing in France for over a 100 years. There is nothing "narrow" about it and it affected religions LONG before Muslims became the latest to experience it.

[-] SulaymanF 1 points 9 months ago

Laicite was created after Christians went to war against Christians. It still is trapped in that paradigm and is narrow because it fails to take into account the practices of other religions. For example, Christianity has almost no dietary laws but that’s not the case for Jews, Hindus, or Muslims. Should French schools require beef on the menu to avoid religious accommodation for Hindus? Should circumcision be banned in order to prevent Jewish boys from standing out in locker rooms?

Laicite is a narrow and antiquated mindset and there’s a reason other secular countries haven’t embraced it.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 9 months ago

I'm pretty certain you know these are stupid arguments.

[-] SulaymanF 1 points 9 months ago

I’m not going to respond to ad hominem attacks. Peace.

[-] [email protected] 0 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

Calling your arguments stupid is not ad hominem. But if you want me to elucidate then by all means:

  1. Forcing people to eat beef (or pork) is not covered by laicite. Wearing religious clothing & symbols on state property is. I'm sure a case to be made that schools should be sensitive to religious dietary restrictions and provide alternatives, but that's not what you were saying.

  2. Circumcision is not covered by laicite at least insofar as school is concerned. Maybe there are regs about how it is performed in public hospitals. Wearing religious clothing & symbols on state property is.

All clear now?

[-] generalpotato 0 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

Yeah, let’s ban garments because garments can be attributed to religion or fashion or culture or comfort or any or all combination of the above, in public spaces and alienate religious groups, let them homeschool their children, which may/may not breed more dogmatic/extremists views and then cry about immigrants screwing things up by not integrating just because setting up laws that separate religion and state weren’t enough. Laws can’t be enforced right? Like laws don’t discourage behaviors in a secular civil society right?

Genius moves there. I like the 5D chess this government is playing.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 9 months ago

Homeschooling is a thing in every country. I don't see how you can claim laicite is the cause of it, or even increases the risk of extremism.

[-] generalpotato 1 points 9 months ago

I would encourage you to research how Madrasas work so that we can have a more informed discussion. Homeschooling/private schooling, or any other alternative schooling’s curriculum isn’t likely going to have the same amount of oversight as a state’s education system. Because of this notion alone, alternative education systems are more prone to spreading misinformed ideas and/or ideas with a certain slant to them.

By forcing parents to pull out of a more secular system because of stupid ideas such as these, you are automatically predisposing their children to such issues, which is why I stated what I stated and there’s plenty of material a google search away to back this up along with news/articles covering problems with integration.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 9 months ago* (last edited 9 months ago)

.1) Nobody is being "forced" out, they choose to, 2) and home schooling is a thing EVERYWHERE, 3) extremism is a thing EVERYWHERE and usually not during a child's education but later in life. Most extremists are in fact just losers - petty criminals, drug addicts, social misfits etc. who get sent to prison or who join forums and are groomed and radicalised. Across the pond in the UK with no laicite and you will still have extremists. In virtually every case they were groomed after the fact.

Laicite is not the cause of this, although a child's upbringing, or lack thereof, does have some bearing. The majority of parents, regardless of religion are not fundamentalists, let alone extremists, and will sensibly choose to send their kids to a state school or private school. I daresay the vast majority of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and every other denomination in France are more than happy to send kids to a state school. I daresay the majority of people in France after a generation or two don't even have an objection to this arrangement and consider it normal.

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