France is considering making it illegal for for Jews and Muslims to practice inherent religious practices, but in exchange for making these practices illegal, they’ll choose one holiday from each religion and make it official. That should make everyone happy, right?
To quote Reuters:
“France is considering breaking centuries of European tradition by making an Islamic feast and a Jewish holy day official school holidays.
“Surprisingly, the idea came from a government commission aiming to bolster the official separation of church and state. Its report suggested banning Muslim veils, Jewish skullcaps and large Christian crosses in public schools.”
Yes – Traditional Islam requires female adherents to wear veils. Traditional Judaism requires male adherents to wear skullcaps. (Yes, there are liberal, modern groupings in both religions that ignore these commandments)
But essentially this commission is suggesting forcing all observant members of these two religions out of the public schools, but also adding their religious holidays to the official holidays, so the less observant students can celebrate them along with those members of other faiths.