All you need to say about the hijab issue

Ian Buruma in The Sunday Times:

"Let people wear headscarves if they wish. Islam as such is not incompatible with citizenship of a liberal democracy. The violent imposition of a revolutionary faith is, but it will only be contained... if mainstream Muslims feel accepted as fellow citizens. The single demand we should make on immigrants and their offspring is respect for the law, including laws that guarantee the right to free speech. This is not a surrender to the Islamist revolution. On the contrary, it is the only way to combat it.

That pretty much says it: freedom - which includes freedom to be different - within the law, within well-established liberal limits concerning not doing harm to others, and not suppressing their freedoms of opinion and belief.


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