Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Legislator and mayor from France argues against a fundamental right to wear a veil in public

Jean Francois Cope, from the French National Assembly and mayor of Meaux, France, has an interesting op-ed ("Tearing Away the Veil") in the New York Times on May 5 arguing why wearing of the veil or buraq (or niqab) in public should be forbidden. The link for the op-ed is here.

He argues that the veil hides identity and therefore covers up any opportunity for “responsibility”. One can understand that there is a security issue (speak in the “royal we”). But his argument sounds a lot like the recent arguments condemning over reliance on anonymity on the Internet, as a way to shield responsibility for possible libel against others.

This is an interesting piece on “fundamental rights.”

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