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18.2.04

France And Turkey

While this post on A Fistful of Euros is militantly anti-headscarf-ban, the comments section is almost entirely pro-ban. One point brought up by some of the commenters is the fact that Turkey also has a headscarf ban, and it's phrased in such a way as to assume that the hearer supports the Turkish policy and therefore ought, for consistency's sake, to support the French. This was a bit jarring to me, as in my mind the Turkish headscarf ban had always been classified alongside Turkey's bans on Kurdish language and culture under the heading of "repressive policies instituted in a misguided attempt to foster nationalism and modernization."

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