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Just want to say that as much as I enjoy debating Hegel with you, I find your view of Islam incredibly bigoted. The way I see it Islamic societies have the bad luck of a religion that has a sacred body of law, making the separation of religion from the state more difficult than in was in Christian ones. Given the numbers of people in Europe wanting sharia law I don't think we need to worry about that. And it's not like the invocation of religion to rail against civil law doesn't have a long tradition in modern Europe. The Federal Republic is a prime example.

In any case, your understanding of why Europe bans headscarves is mistaken. The French do so because of a historical tradition of militant secularism descended from the Revolution and the many generations of struggle where the Church opposed the Republic.  The Bavarians because they're Catholic bigots and  racism plays a role as well - we're talking about the CSU here. The idea that the CSU as an entity in favour of either secularism or a strict separation of Church and State is too funny for words.  Hegel has nothing to do with it.

by MarekNYC on Wed Jan 17th, 2007 at 02:16:37 AM EST
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