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1 HelloDare  Sun, Jul 11, 2010 3:38:13pm

There is nothing in the linked article or in the Pew Research that gives the motivation for the position on banning Muslim Veils as xenophobia.

The motivation of the respondents is not addressed.

There could be a number of reasons for holding the position. For example, somebody can be concerned with the oppression of women. How is that xenophobia?

2 SpaceJesus  Sun, Jul 11, 2010 4:46:51pm

re: #1 HelloDare

it doesn’t delve into those reasons because it is already a foregone conclusion that it is all just knee-jerk xenophobic reaction. have you not followed this blog for the past few years? the anti-immigrant xenophobic ticket is picking up lots of steam in western europe, and this is a symptom of it.

3 Virginia Plain  Sun, Jul 11, 2010 4:48:12pm

Muslims are not the primary target of xenophobia in the US these days. Now it’s the Mexicans.

4 Irenicum  Sun, Jul 11, 2010 4:57:43pm

re: #1 HelloDare

Does the lack of American opposition to the veils mean Americans are less concerned for womens’ rights being abused? I don’t think so. I suspect the difference between Europe and American attitudes regarding the veil has to do with the fact that our culture has prized religious liberty as a fundamental part of being American, while that’s not been the case in Europe, even with its secularism.

The American revolution was not anti-religious, whereas the French and other revolutions in Europe were more explicitly anti-religious. Also, Europe is closer to the front line, so to speak, in the cultural confrontation between the Islamic world and the modern West, and so animosities are more explicit. I haven’t traveled much in Europe, but friends of mine who have, or who are European themselves, have told me of just how racist the locals there are. Some of what I’ve heard would make even a Dixiecrat shudder. So, in that sense, this poll doesn’t surprise me one bit. It also makes me be even more proud to be an American.

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