Saturday, February 9, 2008

Turkey, Turkey, Turkey...

After all the posts this past week lamenting the horror that is Islamic law, it's time to swing the other direction a bit. Turkey's parliament is moving to lift the ban on Islamic head scarves at the country's universities. The ban was put in place to secure universities as a fully secular environment, and supporters of the ban are protesting parliament's decision in the name of secularism. It's true that a predominantly Muslim country like Turkey especially needs to maintain secularism in its government and on its school's campuses, but lifting a ban on head scarves is a long way from state-sponsored religion. Allowing Muslim women to wear what they want is actually secularist. It's the good kind of multiculturalism. Now if they were forced to wear the scarves, then you'd be heading into crazy town. More details here.

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