Should The Public Space Act Of A Public Service?

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According to the Dawn, which is Pakistan’s the most famous and widely read English-language newspaper, “A French court Wednesday, January 08, 2014, convicted a young woman for wearing a full-face Islamic veil in public and threw out her bid to have the country’s controversial burqa ban declared unconstitutional. Cassandra Belin, 20, was given a 150-euro fine for wearing the veil” (The Dawn 2014). The importance of incident comes from its connection to a very controversial law, which was adopted six years ago by the French government. In 2010, the French parliament passed a law, which forbids the wearing of clothing that conceals the face in public places: “No one shall, in any public space, wear clothing designed to conceal the face.…show more content…
The common view that the France made this law for the purposes of the identification problem is fallacious. The French revolution of 1789 defined France’s national identity and its culture for next two centuries. The revolution created three fundamental values of French culture. Liberty, equality and fraternity became the basis of the French way of life, the French culture. Later, laicite (secularism), fourth founding principle, was added to them. This principle, which is based on a separation between church and state, is intended to make citizens loyal to the state and free from the religious claims. The loyalty of citizens toward the nation shouldn’t be divided according to their religious beliefs and the state was free from obligation to take into consideration the interests of different religious groups. These four founding principles together define French culture and form French identity. Then, the Frenchness is a commitment to the founding values of France and integration into French culture.
The veil is incompatible with the French ideals of equality and laicite because it accentuates the existence of differences in a nation considered as one and indivisible. In 2003 When President Jacques Chirac created a committee to investigate whether religious signs in schools violated secular principle he said that “France is a secular republic” and that laicite guarantees the protection of
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