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French Catholic Church Speaks out Against Veil Ban


The Catholic Church in France should be applauded for speaking out against the veil ban. (via Islamophobia-Watch)

Catholic Church Warns France over Banning Face Veils

The French Catholic Church warned Paris today against banning Muslim full-face veils. It said France must respect the rights of its Muslims if it wanted Islamic countries to do the same for their Christian minorities.

Bishop Michel Santier, the top French Catholic official for inter-religious dialogue, said very few women in France wore full veils and Muslim leaders agreed it was not obligatory in Islam.

“The French, including the Catholics among them, should not let themselves be gripped by fear or a ‘clash of civilisations’ theory,” he said in a statement calling for distinctions between the majority of peaceful Muslims and a minority of radicals. “If we want Christian minorities in Muslim majority countries to enjoy all their rights, we should in our country respect the rights of all believers to practice their faith.”

Daily Mail, 1 February 2010

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  • Muhammad Elijah

    Ayan Hirsi Ali and their like are the unconscious ambassadors of Islam. Their simplistic and fallacious criticisms contain the seeds of their own ultimate embarrasment, because well-informed non-Muslims would discover those fallacies very early during their study paving the way for their conversion to Islam. Even the prejudiced orientalists are more nuanced in their criticism.

  • ahmed

    Hey christians speaking for religious freedom of muslims ? thats bizzare arent we the ismaelites for them whoes every more they hate ? one can only justify this by saying that mebbe they dont want their nuns veil be pulled down in the next step.

  • Lou

    Yes, now about those “rights” that Christians have in muslim countries:

    A court in Faisalabad, Pakistan, sentenced to life imprisonment Imran Masih, a young Christian, for having insulted and desecrated the Koran, according to the Minorities Concern newsletter.
    On July 1, 2009 Masih, a shopkeeper by profession, was brutally tortured by a group of Muslims, then arrested by police on charges – allegedly fabricated- that he had burned pages of the Koran.
    On January 11, 2010 the judge sentenced him to prison for life, which he will serve in the federal prison in Faisalabad where he is currently confined.

    Obviously, muslims are free to do whatever they want in dar-el-harb, as long as it doesnt hurt others. Not so in dar-el-islam, folks.

  • IbnAbuTalib

    Was seeing a debate on this issue on CNN on Christian Amanpour’s show. The panel consisted of Tariq Ramadan, a Danish Muslim MP and Ayan Hirsi Ali. It was basically a two-on-one debate with the MP and Ali releasing a barrage of illogical arguments on Ramadan. Anyone else seen the show?

  • Leonora

    Go go French Catholics!

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