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Turks protest over headscarf ban February 2, 2008

Posted by Some Muslim in General Islam, Islam, News Commentry.
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The BBC reports:

Thousands of Turks have rallied in Ankara to protest against a government plan to allow women to wear the Islamic headscarf in Turkish universities.

Such behaviour from a supposedly Muslim country puzzles me. I’ve blogged about this in the past, when talks to remove the ban first began.

Whatever happened to free choice? If a woman wants to wear the hijab, she should be allowed to do so.  Forcing her to go one way or the other is just ridiculous, and if people have a problem with someone who wears hijab, then that’s their problem.

The government argues the ban deprives thousands of women of a higher education.

But Turkey’s powerful, secular establishment sees the headscarf as a symbol of political Islam – a threat to their secular way of life, and to the political system here.

Those opposed to the reform include the military, Turkey’s judges and university rectors.

They fear it is just the first step to allowing religious symbols into all aspects of public life.

It seems like Turkey’s biggest worry is that it will bring Islam into the open, though if they are so scared of this, one must question why they are called a Muslim country (if they do not want to follow the rules of Islam).

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