Wednesday, December 31, 2003

Butting In: Forget the French--America is right to press for religious freedom worldwide, by Terry Eastland

Weekly Standard

The focus of the article is Chirac's attempt to ban religious attire in public schools.

"John Hanford, the U.S. ambassador at large for religious freedom, effectively called on the French to understand that such displays, so long as they are a "heartfelt manifestation" of people's beliefs and not acts of provocation, constitute 'a basic right that should be protected.' A French official was offended, as the French can be, and told the New York Times that 'never have you heard a French diplomat comment on an internal debate in the United States.'"

I'm proud we're willing to take a stand on this kind of thing, though I doubt we'll do much about it.

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