Sunday, August 27, 2023

Are there any other religious symbols banned in French schools?

 Yes, there are other religious symbols banned in French schools. The French law on secularity and conspicuous religious symbols in schools, which was passed in 2004, bans wearing conspicuous religious symbols in French public (e.g., government-operated) primary and secondary schools

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 The law prohibits the wearing of overt symbols such as Islamic headscarves, Jewish skullcaps, large Christian crosses, and other "ostensibly" religious signs
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 The law is an amendment to the French Code of Education that expands principles founded in existing French law, especially the constitutional requirement of laïcité: the separation of state and religious activities
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 The ban on the abaya is part of this law and is seen as an extension of the principle of secularism in education
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 The law has faced criticism from some religious groups, who argue that it is discriminatory and infringes on religious freedom
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