The BBC is reporting that three Sikh boys who were expelled from school for wearing turbans lost their challenge against a French law that prohibits students from wearing overt articles of faith in public schools. The article interestingly remarks that:
The French secularity law, primarily aimed at stemming the growing numbers of Muslim girls wearing headscarves in school, also prohibits the wearing of Christian crucifixes and Jewish skullcaps. The law also outlawed the Sikh turban, although French authorities have admitted they did not consider the Sikh community when the law was being drawn up.The French law, according to press reports from February 2004, was apparently passed in an effort to "help Muslims integrate into French society and discourage extremism from flourishing among believers now meeting underground."
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