U.S. official criticizes France's advocacy of head scarf ban

12/19/2003 | NYTimes.com

John V. Hanford, the Bush administration's top official for religious freedom issues, objected to French President Jacques Chirac's support of a law banning Muslim head scarves and other large religious symbols from public schools. Hanford said such displays reflect the freedom of all persons to practice their religion peacefully, a basic right which should be protected.

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