University: secularity comes into force and reveals women
The opinion of the High Council for Integration calls into question the wearing of the veil at the university. The Inspector General and president of the secularism commission of the HCI, made secularism his fight.
The opinion of the High Council for Integration (HCI) , released Monday by Le Monde , puts the heart of the debate the issue of wearing the veil in educational institutions. Up to the university, the law of March 15, 2004 prohibited the wearing of religious symbols in educational establishments. .. for the greater satisfaction of the National Education. Almost 10 years after its adoption, the results of the law are satisfactory and the cases of exclusion for wearing the veil are “extremely rare”, they say on rue de Grenelle, without communicating a quantitative assessment.
A muscular conception of secularism
How then to explain that the subject is, ten years after the law of 2004, the subject of an alarming opinion of the HCI, in the middle of the summer? Part of the answer stems from the personality of Alain Seksig , its author, president of the secularism commission of the HCI. This inspector general, a Freemason, is an ardent defender of a very strict conception of secularism. Inspector of National Education in Pantin (Seine-Saint-Denis), he was opposed to the supervision of school outings by veiled mothers , a subject that is regularly debated in National Education.
Why was the ban on wearing religious symbols not extended to universities in 2004?
“The universities are autonomous and can therefore take all measures to prohibit the wearing of the veil or the wearing of religious symbols within the framework of their internal regulations”, advance Jean-Pierre Obin , Igen, and author of it on “The signs and manifestations of religious affiliation in schools ”. “At the time, he remembers, the media debate had not focused on universities.” “The academics are indeed very jealous of this autonomy, and very cautious on questions of secularism. The fact that young veiled women attended their lessons never bothered them. At the Sorbonne for example, which has a department of Islamic studies, it was common to come across young veiled women in the corridors ”
Proselytizing and visible Islam poses a problem for many teachers who see Muslim activism as a liberticide ideology. TD professor Alain Colommier at Montpellier 1 University admits:
“Islam is not just a religion. It is clear that when I have veiled students in front of me, I do not hesitate to ask them to dress properly. Without going into detail, they understand my message. In general, she returns with a bare head and a free mind. Many of them thanked me at the end of university for having put them before the following dilemma: the Republic or Islamic law. “