Freedom or Intolerance? A Rare Political Post…

First, it was the Swiss banning minarets. Now it appears that National Assembly of France is considering either a total ban on full face coverings for women or a ban in public buildings (much like most banks in the US.)  The story is here.

The issues involved behind both these stories are complex and vital (as they are only going to increase).  The questions raise here go beyond the traditional “liberal” or “conservative” political ideologies of those involved.  In a “free” society, when does one person’s freedom (in this case, religious) infringe upon the freedoms and safety of others?  Must one promote “freedom” in general by limiting the freedoms of a few?  How does one grant freedom to those who “freely” reject it for themselves or their families?

Stuff to chew on…


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