Veil controversies continue

France’s decision about two years to ban the wearing of headscarves in its schools generated huge debate and media coverage within France and worldwide, and...

France’s decision about two years to ban the wearing of headscarves in its schools generated huge debate and media coverage within France and worldwide, and questions about the right of Islamic women to wear veils in schools or other public places continue to crop up in various countries, most recently the UK and Tunisia.

Interestingly, the Council on American-Islamic Relations recently issued an “action alert” to its supporters to email or mail written protests to the Tunisia desk at the State Department and the Embassy of Tunisia in Washington, DC, regarding the Tunisian government’s reported crackdown on women wearing veils in public.

This seems to be not only another example of how the fast, easy flow of information through the Internet and cable news lets people to monitor events in other countries, but that grassroots lobbying campaigns of one type or another can be organized from very far away indeed.

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