Thursday, August 29, 2013

What the French Could Learn From These 2,000 Swedish Women

Policymic has an excellent story about Sweden's reaction to the attack of a pregnant Muslim woman in a Stockholm suburb a week ago. Two thousand Swedish women donned hijabs in support of the woman, took to the social media with pictures of themselves,  and demanded politicians deal with "structural discrimination that affects Muslim women."

According to Policymic, the French reaction was "nowhere near as sympathetic."  When Argenteuil Muslims were attacked in early June, the French press sided with the police. And two years ago the French tried to institute a ban on burkas and niqabs in public. What accounts for the two different reactions? This might be an interesting question for religion students to debate.

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