(hat tip: Islamophobia-watch)
Nowadays, racists and bigots usually come up with justifications to cover up their racism and bigotry, to give cover to it and to package it in something nicer. Bans on the Muslim headscarf (hijab) were no doubt a reflection of deep-seated Islamophobia, yet we heard politicians claiming that the bans were not targeting Muslims. Rather, we were told, it is a reflection of Europe’s secularism, and would apply equally to religious gear of all faiths.
A recent poll, however, says otherwise: over fifty percent of Europeans favored banning the hijab from schools, but were meanwhile perfectly fine with (and in fact supported) the placement of crucifixes in classrooms. To us Yankees, that seems downright backwards. The hijab is something the individual chooses to wear, not the state–and therefore does not at all impinge on secularism. Meanwhile, the crucifix is placed in the public school classroom, thereby breaching separation of church and state.
Belgium and France lead the pack when it comes to hijabophobia, and France even seems to be considering a law banning hijab in public altogether. Secularism my ass (forgive my French).
50% of Europeans opposed to Islamic veil in schools: Study
Apparently, many European Christians don’t like this headscarf thing too much, but love the crucifix. I’m pretty sure that’s a bit strange considering that the man who they believe died on the crucifix was born to this woman here:
If the Virgin Mary was alive today, Europeans would say to her: you have to take that heathen headscarf off! You can keep the crucifix, though.