22 March 2007

Islamophobic or Anti-fundamentalist?

Iranian womenJust when you thought the issue of Islam was beginning to disappear from the news, a couple of headlines come along that seem to indicate some kind of sensible balance between tolerance and freedom is now being achieved:

Schools allowed to ban face veils

Schools will be able to ban pupils from wearing full-face veils on security, safety or learning grounds under new uniforms guidance issued by ministers.
French cartoons editor acquitted

A French court has ruled in favour of the editor of a satirical magazine accused of insulting Muslims by reprinting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, saying the cartoons were covered by freedom of expression laws and were not an attack on Islam, but fundamentalists.