The predictable outcry has already begun against this, but why is it that everyone, no matter what is point of view, values, or culture, has a natural right to enter France and thereby incurs no obligation to become French, but anyone who wishes to live in Saudi Arabia must conform to Saudi values, and that is never questioned?
“French citizenship denied to man with veiled wife,” by Stephen Kurczy for the Christian Science Monitor, February 3 (thanks to all who sent this in):
President Nicolas Sarkozy’s administration today took another shot at the burqa, scoring populist points ahead of France’s March elections, say analysts.
France’s immigration minister said he is refusing citizenship to a Muslim man who called his wife “an inferior being,” and forced her to wear a full veil in public, an announcement that plays well with French public support for a burqa ban.
“He has no place in our country,” Prime Minister Francois Fillon told Europe 1 radio, in a decision that comes a week after a French parliamentary commission recommended a partial ban on any veils that cover the face. The ban still needs to be voted on, but it would apply in hospitals and on public transport. France already has bans for wearing headscarves in state schools.
Fillon said the Moroccan man, who had married a French woman, failed to respect the “values of the [French] republic.”
“This case is about a religious radical: he imposes the burqa, he imposes the separation of men and women in his own home, and he refuses to shake the hands of women,” Fillon said….