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France and discrimination

I don't understand why the French government is trying to ban headscarves. After all, quite apart from it being discriminatory against Muslims, what about all the nuns, women who just like scarves, and other non-Muslims the law will target? I thought of this point because I, a white pagan, got confused once as being a Muslim by some idiot who couldn't tell the difference between a cloak and a chador or hijab or whatnot. (Since to most Americans, it's ALL "burqa" to them.) Luckily, I didn't get any hate crime done against me when the idiot made his mistake. (He asked "You a Muslim?" belligerently. I gave him a scathing look and said witheringly, "It's a CLOAK, you idiot! I'm a PAGAN." Which got rid of him.) But it could have. Just because Americans are THAT fucking stupid. And, it seems the French government is equally stupid.

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daddys_kitten_
Jan. 22nd, 2014 04:41 am (UTC)
Being discriminatory against Muslims is the whole point of the ban. Sometimes (often) governments are just that fucking stupid.
acelightning
Jan. 22nd, 2014 09:36 am (UTC)
Actually, it has nothing to do with religion; they don't want people wearing scarves that cover most of the head for any reason, or at least they want them to remove the scarf upon request. A voluminous scarf can be draped so as to obscure most of the face, which makes visual identification (especially by computer) unreliable. How are the authorities going to be able to check whether you really are the person whose face appears in the ID photo, if your face is partly covered? How are they even going to take the photo for the ID if you won't take the scarf off for the picture? Yes, there's a risk of conflating "terrorist" with "scarf-wearer", and "scarf-wearer" with "Muslim", therefore "scarf-wearing Muslim terrorist"... but the person could also be trying to obscure their identity for all sorts of other nefarious purposes, from underage drinking to credit-card fraud.

At least that's the official explanation...

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