FRANCE - UN Denounces Headscarf Ban

Arno Froese

France violated an international rights treaty when it banned a woman from wearing a headscarf while she studied at a school, a UN committee has ruled.

Its decision follows a complaint filed in 2016 by a French national born in 1977, whose lawyer does not wish her name to be published.

The woman was on a professional training course for adults in 2010, and had passed an interview and entrance test.

But the headmaster of Langevin Wallon high school in the southeastern suburbs of Paris refused to let her enter because of a ban on wearing religious symbols in public educational establishments.

The UN committee said, “prohibiting her from participating in her education course while wearing a headscarf constitutes a restriction on her freedom of religion in violation of the treaty.”

“This is an important decision which shows that France has work to do in terms of human rights and in particular on the issue of respect for religious minorities, and more particularly the Muslim community,” her lawyer Sefen Guez Guez told AFP.

-www.timesofisrael.com, 3 August 2022

Arno's Commentary

The issue is religion. As the world is becoming more and more international, for a civilized society to function, laws to protect individuals are created. France, the UN says, violated that law. 

Much can be said about Muslim countries that openly discriminate against Christians, but that is another issue. 

We read George Washington’s words speaking of Muslims, written in March 1784: “If they are good workmen, they may be of Asia, Africa, or Europe. They may be Mahometans [Mohammedans/Muslims], Jews, or Christians of any Sect, or they may be Atheists” (www.mountvernon.org). This was based on the Declaration of Independence, which reads, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The problem is that this statement was applicable only to the rich white landowners. The original inhabitants, the Indians, had no rights, nor blacks or Asians. That is “undeniable truth.”

Today, this all has changed dramatically. Why? Globalism’s progress. The statement of the Declaration of Independence can be considered prophetic. Yet many millions have died in the meantime or were persecuted severely—not to mention enslaved. 

In summary, religion is the issue. Economically, the world is already a global society; it’s like a giant factory where everyone works on the assembly line: no matter the race, whether religious or non-religious, all have already come under the inescapable dominance of the world economy.

While the best is yet to come, so is the worst. The best for the blood-bought saints, but the worst for those who refuse: “And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory” (Revelation 16:9).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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