France is going to order religious people to do something they believe is wrong in the name of separation of church and state. I don't see how this isn't comparable to telling people they can't go to church. How in the world is ordering people to violate one of their religious tenets "separation of church and state"?
the law against head scarves and other religious symbols in schools, including Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses
These are not comparable. The Christian religion does not mandate the wearing of crosses, and if I understand correctly, the Jewish religion does not mandate the wearing of skullcaps. However, some versions of the Muslim religion do mandate the wearing of headcoverings for women.
President Jacques Chirac, who has previously made clear his opposition to head scarves in schools
I thought France elected this guy because the other guy was a bigot. Is the selection really that bad over there?
``If you make me choose between breaking the law and breaking the Quran, I'll break the law,'' he said, referring to the Muslim holy book. ``Today, they forbid us from wearing veils. Tomorrow, they'll forbid us from being Muslims.''
More power to him. As the Bible says, we ought to obey God rather than men. As long as my God doesn't command me to violate anyone else's rights, noone should have a problem with me doing whatever I think God said, whether they agree or not.
Not all Muslims oppose banning head scarves.
This will no doubt be used to justify forcing even those who disagree to violate their faith, and it completely ignores freedom of religion. The Muslims themselves did this to the Jewish Karaites in the middle ages, insisting that they follow the sect of Orthodox Judaism which mandated obedience to the Oral Tradition of the Rabbis (which eventually became the Talmud and is considered "Oral Torah" comparable to the "Written Torah" of the Bible) when the Karaites believed the Oral Tradition was a violation of their religion.
Is there some reason people can't stay out of each other's lives?
I note with interest that privatizing the school system would solve all this problem. I've been refreshed to repeatedly make this observation over and over again since I agreed with Sarah that we would homeschool our children.