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Catholic Church in France Rejects Ban on Full-Face Veils

Reuters reports:

The Catholic Church warned the government on Monday against banning full-face Muslim veils, saying France must respect the rights of its Muslims if it wanted Muslim countries to do the same for their Christian minorities. A parliamentary commission has urged the National Assembly to pass a resolution condemning full veils and then ban them. “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,” said Bishop Michel Santier, the top French Catholic official for interreligious dialogue.

I agree with Bishop Santier. Perhaps his comments will have an impact on the National Assembly.

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  • William "Chris" Yount says:

    Absolutely. It’s unrealistic and short-sighted to think that other countries or belief-systems will respect us and our beliefs unless we offer the same sort of respect to them.

    Respect/understanding does not have to equal acceptance as truth, but we do need to accept that they have the same right to decide that we have.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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