>> Monday, November 30, 2009
I think the ban on the hijab in public schools and other public places in France and elsewhere is deeply misguided at best, thinly veiled racism at (much more likely) worst, but at least in that case, I understood the plausible rationale behind the policy. I've read several discussions of Switzerland's Minaret ban, and have come up completely empty on the reconstruction of a plausible non-bigoted justification. (The closest I've seen is a bizarre, metaphorical 12-year old quote from The Turkish Prime Minister.)
File under "Reasons why unpopular minorities and those concerned with their status remain unenthusiastic about plebiscitary democracy, #43,214."