A rabbi in the city of Toulouse has filed a complaint for discrimination after a polling clerk told him he would have to remove his kippa, or Jewish skullcap, before voting in local elections.
The incident, indicative of the sometimes complex interpretation of France’s strict secular rules, took place on Sunday during the first round of nationwide polls to elect new local councils.
A polling clerk representing the left-wing Front de Gauche coalition told Toulouse rabbi Avraham Weill to remove his kippa inside the polling station, claiming this was required by French rules on secularism.
French law says it is illegal to wear “ostentatious” religious symbols, including Jewish kippas and Muslim headscarves, inside state schools.
But the rule does not apply to school premises when they are being used as polling stations, as was the case in Toulouse.
(And yet one can be nearly certain it would not apply to muslim men in the little beanies or muslim women and the full face cloths)
MOGADISHU – At least seven people were killed on Friday when gunmen from the Islamist al Shabaab group stormed a popular hotel in the center of the Somali capital, police and the militants said.
“We are behind the Hotel Maka Al Mukaram attack and fighting is still going on inside the hotel,” Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, Al Shabaab’s military operations spokesman, told Reuters.
3. Saudi Arabia Continues Airstrikes On Yemen – The Kelly File
(Just implement them immediately with no discussion or vote)
Hizb-ut Tahrir in Malaysia have rejected a proposal to put the hudud punishments of sharia law before parliament on the grounds that subjecting sharia law to the democratic process is forbidden according to Islamic law.
A bill to implement hudud punishments has already been passed in Malysia’s Kelantan state. The new law bars non-Muslims from serving as legal witnesses in court, and introduces punishments including caning, amputation, crucifixion and stoning. Politicians are now attempting to bring hudud punishments before the national parliament.
Hizb-ut Tahrir, which is an international Islamist group focused on the establishment of a global Islamic caliphate, strenuously disagreed with implementing sharia law through democracy.
5. Pakistan: Protesters urge support for Saudi air strikes on Yemen
(Anyone think the flags mean, ‘play piano instead of war’ ?)
6. Saudi-led raids hit Yemen rebels
Thank you Richard, Wrath of Khan, M., CB Sashenka,