Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Secularism... if if if...

A friend called my attention to a great article in the Christian Science Monitor about the response of French Muslims to the the Iraqi Militants' kidnapping of french journalists, Kidnappings backfire on Iraq militants.

Basically, the gist is this: "A group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq threatened to kill two French journalists unless France agrees to scrap a controversial ban on wearing Islamic head scarves in schools."

I'd like to call attention to one particular paragraph:
The ban, which forbids all conspicious religious garb in the name of secularism, was passed earlier this year amid French concerns that Islamic militancy could change the character of the country. France has the largest Muslim population in Europe apart from Turkey.

My dream is that one day, a paragraph like this will be included in an article about the United States. Something, perhaps, like this:
The ban, which forbids all conspicious religious speech and activity in the name of secularism, was passed earlier this year amid American concerns that Evangelical Christian extremism could change the character of the country. The United States has the largest Evangelical Christian population in North America.

Wouldn't that just be a dream???

2 comments:

Nick said...

not an american dream. I hate crazy right wing religious righters just as much as the next guy, but I respect this paragraph more than any personal freedom encroaching frogs:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

aGreatNotion said...

so you support prayer in schools?