Argument: Opposing Muslim head scarves is a pre-text to opposing immigration

Issue Report: Banning Muslim hijab


“France: Headscarf Ban Violates Religious Freedom”. Human Rights Watch. February 27th, 2004 – “Some in France have used the headscarf issue as a pretext for voicing anti-immigrant and
anti-Muslim sentiments. Some arguments appear to be based on the premise that all
Muslims want to oppress women, or that women and girls who choose to veil do not understand women’s rights. Public debate has also touched on many other significant social issues: religious fundamentalism and political uses of religious symbols; oppression of girls and women; levels of immigration; discrimination and lack of economic opportunity for immigrant communities; pluralism and national integration.”