Banning the Burqa in France Where Multiculturalism and Secular Values Collide

The Honors College and the Phronesis program in politics and ethics sponsored a panel on March 25 that offered perspectives on the recent French law that bans the burqa.

Banning the Burqa in France: Where Multiculturalism and Secular Values Collide

In September of 2010, the French Senate passed a law banning the wearing of burqas and other face coverings by a margin of 246-1. The law goes into effect on April 11. Does this law enhance or restrict the freedom of French Citizens? Is it justified by France’s commitment to secular principles or a troubling sign of increasing intolerance of Muslim values? Could a law like this be passed in the United States? Panelists include: