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France, Islam and ‘Laïcité’

France, Islam and ‘Laïcité’

Update: 2021-02-1228
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“Laïcité,” or secularism, the principle that separates religion from the state in France, has long provoked heated dispute in the country. It has intensified recently, when a teacher, Samuel Paty, was beheaded after showing his class caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.

We look at the roots of secularism and ask whether it works in modern, multicultural France.

Guest: Constant Méheut, a reporter for The New York Times in France.

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Background reading: 

  • For generations, public schools assimilated immigrant children into French society by instilling the nation’s ideals. The beheading of a teacher raised doubts about whether that model still worked.

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Comments (3)

Sasha Lyn

I am iimprewith this perception of Lassiter and the actual practice of separation of church and state inb'frwedom from religion'. It is absurd to me that in the US where the pandering to the Christian faith is such that as an atheist that one could not get elected to office.

Feb 15th
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Ciara G

Really informative episode, good discussion!

Feb 12th
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