[Marxism] Re: The hijab controversy
rfidler at cyberus.ca
Mon Feb 16 07:58:38 MST 2004
Paul Flewers writes>>Socialists should combine the defence of the right of a Muslim woman
to wear a veil (or a Jewish man to wear a yarmulke, or a Christian to wear a cross), if
that person wishes, with a firm commitment to a secular society, that religion is a
private matter, and that education is secular. This involves the abolition of religious
schools and their resources being brought into the state educational system.<<
To which José Pérez replies, with his usual hyperbole:
>>This is an utterly undemocratic and *outrageously* anti Marxist position, drawn from
exactly the same French bourgeois anticlericalist traditions that are being used to
justify the ban on the veil. <<
Excuse me? The quotation from Marx's critique of the Gotha Program that José cites says,
"Government and church should rather be equally excluded from any influence on the
How does that differ from what Paul Flewers said, and said very well, IMHO?
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