A Moroccan woman has been denied French citizenship on the grounds that her religious views are too extreme, and prevent her from “assimilating” sufficiently. From the Guardian:

The woman, known as Faiza M, is 32, married to a French national and lives east of Paris. She has lived in France since 2000, speaks good French and has three children born in France. Social services reports said she lived in “total submission” to her husband. Her application for French nationality was rejected in 2005 on the grounds of “insufficient assimilation” into France. She appealed, invoking the French constitutional right to religious freedom and saying that she had never sought to challenge the fundamental values of France. But last month the Council of State, France’s highest administrative body, upheld the ruling.

“She has adopted a radical practice of her religion, incompatible with essential values of the French community, particularly the principle of equality of the sexes,” it said.

“Is the burqa incompatible with French citizenship?” asked Le Monde, which broke the story. The paper said it was the first time the level of a person’s personal religious practice had been used to rule on their capacity be to assimilated into France.

Equality of the sexes? I am no fan of Islamic fundamentalism, or religion in general that keeps women in submission. But I am even less of a fan of utter hypocrisy. Until the authorities arguing for equality of the sexes here can produce for me a woman practicing as a priest for the Catholic Church, which is mightily supported by French taxpayers, I think they’ll just have to f*%k themselves on this one.

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