Last week, shocking images came streaming from the beaches of France. As Alissa Rubin reported for the New York Times, the photos showed “armed police surrounding Muslim women on beaches and ordering them to remove their modest clothes or leave.”
Many mayors on the Mediterranean coast have adopted legislation making it illegal for Muslim women to wear the ‘burkini’ on French beaches.
What is uniting so many leaders and citizens—across the political spectrum—in France? It is that nation’s absolute commitment to secularity.
In an article for the Telegraph, Tim Stanley points out that the opposition in France to the burkini and to Islam is symbolic of its opposition to any form of conservative religion, any kind of theology that would bring a moral code in conflict with that of the French secular law and culture.
If one were to try to invent a cartoonish distortion of that kind of secularism, one could do no better than what actually happened on French beaches just last week.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/280944434″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]
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