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The Headscarf Menace

A while back, France passed a law forbidding students from wearing conspicuous religious symbols to school. It was essentially an attempt to get Muslim girls to quit putting on headscarves, though the law also applies to large crucifixes and yarmulkes. This is fundamentally misguided: If France wants to solve its Muslim problem, it should begin by looking at its immigration policies rather than the dress habits of 12-year-old girls. Anyway, the law is now actually taking effect: So far this week, the French have kicked five girls out of school for violations of the country’s holy secularism. More expulsions are on the way, and they’re also likely to affect turban-wearing Sikh boys. I’ve been writing about it and linking to articles from the news page at oldestenemy.com.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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