Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Islamophobic attacks in France up by 34 pc - predictably

As predicted on this blog at the time, the banning of the burka in France has not, as advocates of the ban predicted, ushered in a more tolerant attitude among French citizens by creating a religiously neutral mono-cultural citizenship. The ban appears, rather, to have reinforced islamophobic tendencies as attacks on Islams and their buildings and business have risen by a third in the last twelve months (see link above).

It is interesting to observe how government policies tend to not only establish legal rules, but also contribute to the setting of a cultural mood within a nation, resulting in actions which the legislation itself was not intended to encourage.

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