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To all supporters of the headscarf

Reader comment on item: Reflections on the Revolution in France*

Submitted by John Giannasca (Australia), Nov 10, 2005 at 00:09

You insistence with retaining the symbol of your religion has more to do with social and political reasons than it does your deep conviction that this is what your god wants of you. Given that premise I believe it is not only right that these apparel symbols of Islam should be eliminated, but manditory in countries that are not under the law of Sharia. The probem of muslim integration is that it is impossible as long as you remain outside the mainstream. You will not on the whole be accepted as long as you continue to identify yourself not as race but a religion. Not just any religion, but the religion that defines itself by opposition to the west and all that we hold dear.

The apparel symbols too closely link the moderates to the extremists so that there is no visual difference. There is no place for them in modern western society. If muslims want to live in a world that imbraces Islam in all its ritualistic form, then they should be allowed to migrate to those countries. I believe that there would be no end of people that would provide assistance.

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