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Rim-Sarah Alouane @RimSarah
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1- France, 2018.A Muslim woman wearing a headscarf rented a stall at her local Christmas Market, organized by the city of St Gratien to sell pastries. But the mayor and a senator came and kicked her out on the grounds that she was violating laïcité by wearing her headscarf.
2- Just a recap: laïcité applies to civil servants. The Christmas Market, even though organized by the city IS NOT a public service and people selling there ARE NOT civil servants. As a consequence, laïcité DOES NOT apply to them. actu.fr/ile-de-france/… (article in French)
3- French politicians: there is a huge problem of integration w/ Muslims they're not assimilating, they're a threat to our traditions.
French Muslims: ok, I will sell pastries at the local Xmas market, contribute to the economy of the city & just enjoy the festivities!🎅🎄
4- French politicians: HEADSCARF GET OUT you're not integrating enough YOU ARE A THREAT TO OUR VALUES OK?
French Muslims: 🤷🏻 #ReligiousFreedom
5- I find it pretty ironic that the very same people who blame Muslims for not integrating to the French culture are the same who prevent them from participating to a very French tradition: Christmas market. #ReligiousFreedom
6- Again French politicians (here the right wing, even though the left isn't better) trying to manipulate laïcité and transform it into a legal monster. They're trying to erase religious visibility in the public space (here, the visibility of Muslims).
7- Laïcité is liberal and DOES NOT apply to the public space : it does protect religious freedom, you're free to wear a kippa, a hijab, a turban or a colander. Things will only get worse when we keep invoking it to reduce #religiousfreedom
8- BTW another irony is how this right wing mayor and this senator kicked her out on the grounds that she violates laïcité & religious neutrality while the whole thing is happening in a CHRISTMAS market, you know Christmas this very Christian celebration.
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