File spoon-archives/bourdieu.archive/bourdieu_2004/bourdieu.0401, message 5

Date: Sat, 03 Jan 2004 10:24:51 -0700
Subject: RE: [BOU:] l'affaire du foulard

"john.kaman" <> said:

> France has been a state that recognizes no religion since the revolution; 

Not true! Napoléon himself stroke a deal with the Catholic church. The 
official "séparation de l'Église et de l'État" officially occured in 1905 
after decades of political struggles between Republicans and conservative 

> Muslims today have been trying to make inroads into the progressive 
institutions of the French state for years now.  

Another conspiracy theory? Most French Muslims have nothing to do with 
integrism, including a significant proportion of veiled girls. Wearing a 
veil does not mean that you embrace fanaticism and religious radicalism! 
Would you label all Christians who wear a cross as radicals and fanatics?!

> How anyone can associate those who oppose the spread of integristist muslim 
religions as "repressive" is beyond me.

The problem is that the threat of "Muslim integrism" is largely inflated by 
the media and the political class. The real issue is the social and economic 
integration of specific minority groups. But fighting unemployment and open 
discrimination affecting minorities is far more complicated (and expansive) 
than banning a few veiled girls from the public school system!




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