France’s Union for Popular Movement (UMP) – which, when previously led by Nicolas Sarkozy banned the burqa in France – sparked controversy recently as female British MPs criticized the party over a sexism row.
Last year France became the first country in Europe to make wearing a veil in public illegal, and now it has become the first to enforce it as yesterday two women were arrested outside Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. It was a drop in the ocean for religious tolerance but outrage rippled out from the city across the [...]
No woman should be forced to wear religious apparel by her community or family. Nobody should be forced to go to any kind of house of prayer. We say no to oppressive doctrines or laws which limit the freedom of individuals.
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