Wednesday, November 18, 2009

France and the rest of Europe, a time bomb?

Samuel Huntington's Clashes of Civilization live? From City Journal Nov 18, 2009

Swimsuit Issue
“Burqinis” notwithstanding, France isn’t being Islamized.

This summer, a woman of Arab descent tried to enter a Paris swimming pool wearing a head-to-toe black swimsuit dubbed a “burqini” and was expelled.

The episode rekindled the “veil controversy” of 2005, when the French Parliament, at President Jacques Chirac’s urging, unanimously passed a law forbidding students to wear any “intrusive religious signs” in schools.

The Jewish yarmulke and the Christian cross were tolerated, if kept small and discreet, but not the Islamic veil—which was the law’s real focus.

The veil law, a not-so-subtle attempt to prevent the Islamization of France, implied that French society had become besieged by its 4 or 5 million Muslims, and observers might draw the same conclusion from the burqini incident.

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