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Marine Le Pen’s Insane Kippah Ban Defense

Far-right French leader has got some repenting to do

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Marine Le Pen in 2011(The Times)

On Friday, we reported that Marine Le Pen, daughter of convicted racist and anti-Semite Jean-Marie Le Pen, had endorsed a ban on religious headwear in public. She also called for bans on public prayer and access to kosher and halal food in schools.

Le Pen, who netted nearly 18% of the vote in the French presidential elections back in April as the leader of the Front National Party, clarified her remarks over the weekend and, in doing so, only made herself more ridiculous than before.

“Jewish skullcaps are obviously not a problem in our country,” she said, insisting nevertheless that France has to “ban them in the name of equality.”

So because Muslim religious expression is causing the problems in France, according to Le Pen, this means that Jews ought to take one for the team and simply forsake their practice? She must have misspoken, there’s no way she really mean that, right?

“What would people say if I had only asked to ban Muslim clothing? They would burn me as a Muslim hater.”

Le Pen is picking a pretty horrific moment to trade on the divisions within her country, in Europe, and the world. While there is righteous frustration and anguish at the recent horrific violence perpetuated by Muslim fanatics (including the fire-bombing of a kosher grocery store in the suburbs of Paris last week), banning religious expression only gives the forces of extremism something it wants–an enemy that will fight on the same deranged, absolutist terms. To put the squeeze on freedoms only makes communities on the margins feel more hemmed in.

And for European Jewish communities, which are already being subjected to alienating public discourse in the form of proposed bans on circumcision and ritual slaughter in places like Germany, The Netherlands, Scandinavia, and elsewhere, Le Pen is only narrowing the space between those who mean to do Jews real harm and those who simply don’t know better.

Earlier: Marine Le Pen Calls for Kippah Ban
French National Front leader Marine Le Pen calls for ban on wearing of the Jewish skullcap in public [Daily Mail]

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So, should they ban baseball caps and other secular headwear, to show they’re not just discriminating against religious people?

jcarpenter says:

especially those caps/hats that get taken off during the National Anthem, or during a pre-game prayer,or upon entering a church . . . .

Maven4026 says:

And what about the skull cap worn by a Cardinal or the Pope?

Marty Susman says:

The bottom line here is not the hats or dress’s the REAL BOTTOM LINR here is that islam is NOT A RELIGION it is a CULT of hatred, fear & butchery….

Before you tell me about the hundreds of millions of “moderate muslims”, they do not exist, in fact there is not hundreds of millions of so called moderate muslims & in fact even the muslims that do not pick up a gun & kill anyone in sight they sit back & do nothing while the rest of the muslims do the butchery & beheadings. (Just as the millions of Germans did while Hitler began his killing of 20,000,000 people in the 1940′s…

This Nation as well as others need to take a long look at “religion” & define it in a mush more realistic mannor… A religion that allows it’s followers to believe that blowing up tens of thousands of people or putting out contracts on others lives or preaches for beheadings as “just fine law” in Muslims countries & so on is not a religion, it is a mass of primitive beings who are totally uneducated & belong closer to the 5th century then the 21st….

Well, maybe only if a Red Saux or Phils cap, where those are religious pieces of headgear.

Does she call for a ban on Christian religious wear, like crucifix necklaces and priest collars?

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