In Praise of Sarkozy in condemning Head Scarves for Muslim Women

France is so much more mature in its dealings with Islam and women’s opression than Britain. In 2004 it reaffirmed its rigid separation of the state from organised religion. Conspicuous religious symbols are banned from their state schools. This includes Sikh turbans, Jewish caps and Muslim headscarves.

It is now having a full scale debate on Muslim women’s clothing led by none other than President Sarkozy himself. He has said that the full veils are not appropriate in France. Sarkozy and the French are not seeing this debate as one of religion but rather seeing the headscarf as an instrument of women’s submission and oppression.

This compares courageously with Barrack Obama’s recent speech in the middle east where he said it was “important for Western countries to avoid impeding Muslim citizens from practising religion as they see fit – for instance, by dictating what clothes Muslim women should wear”.

In Britain, our feebleminded political leaders are too cautious to ‘offend’ male Muslim leaders and are too desperate to get their unreliable support even at the cost of women’s oppression.