‘Law against Islam’: the French vote in favor of the ban on the condemned hijab | Religious News
As part of the âanti-separatismâ bill, the French Senate voted to ban the headscarf of minors in public.
An offer by the French Senate to ban girls under 18 from wearing the hijab in public has been condemned, with the hashtag #HandsOffMyHijab circulating widely on social media.
The hijab is a headscarf worn by many Muslim women and has been the subject of a decades-long feud in France.
The French Senate’s decision comes amid pressure from Paris to present a so-called “anti-separatism” bill which it says aims to strengthen the country’s secular system, but critics have denounced it, arguing that it targets the Muslim minority population.
During the debate on the bill on March 30, senators approved an amendment to the bill calling for “the prohibition in public space of all ostentatious religious signs by minors and of all dress or attire that would mean the inferiority of women over men “.
The ban is not yet law, with the French National Assembly having to approve the change before it can go into effect.
But a backlash to the amendment was swift, with some suggesting that the proposed rule amounted to a “law against Islam.”
“Age to consent to sex in France: 15 years Age to consent to the hijab: 18 years Let it permeate. It is not a law against the hijab. It is a law against Islam. #Handsoffmyhijab #FranceHijabBan, âwrote one Twitter user.
Age for consenting to sexual relations in France: 15 years old
Age to consent to the hijab: 18 years old
Let that come into play. This is not a law against the hijab. It is a law against Islam. #Handsoffmyhijab #FranceHijabBan
– Manar Ø§Ø± (@RockThrowA) April 4, 2021
Another posted: âI thought we covered this already. Forcing a woman to wear a hijab is wrong. Just like forcing her to take it off is wrong. It is HIS choice.
I thought we had covered this already.
Forcing a woman to wear a hijab is wrong. Just like forcing her to take it off is wrong.
It is HIS choice.
– Najwa Zebian (@najwazebian) April 4, 2021
The issue has also caught the attention of several prominent personalities.
On Instagram, Olympic athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad shared a post suggesting that the Senate amendment said “Islamophobia is worsening in France.”
âThis is what happens when you normalize anti-Islamic and anti-Muslim hate speech, prejudice, discrimination and hate crimes – Islamophobia enshrined in law,â the post said.
Amani al-Khatahtbeh, founder of Muslim Women’s Day and the Muslim Girl website, also weighed in on the controversy.
“No government should regulate how a woman can dress, whether to keep it on or take it off,” she tweeted, referring to the hijab.
During a trip to France 3 years ago, the border police forced me to remove my scarf to enter the country while I was wearing a scarf on my passport photo.
– AMANI (@xoamani) April 6, 2021
Somali-born model Rawdah Mohamed suggested that the French Senate’s decision had placed him “on the wrong side of equality.”
âThe hijab ban is hateful rhetoric from the highest level of government and will be seen as a huge failure of religious values ââand equality,â she posted on Instagram.
The National Assembly, France’s lower house dominated by President Emmanuel Macron’s centrist party La RÃ©publique en Marche (LREM), voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill on February 16 before it was passed by the government. Senate led by the Conservatives.
The legislation was debated in a heated atmosphere in France after three terrorist attacks late last year, including the Oct. 16 beheading of teacher Samuel Paty, who showed his students caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad during a course on freedom of expression.
The law does not specifically mention the word Islam, but French Muslims have been protesting against it for months, saying several of its measures set them apart.
Last month, Amnesty International warned that the bill was a “serious attack on rights and freedoms in France” and called for “many problematic provisions” of the bill to be removed or amended.