This week brought news of anti-Islam sentiment around the world, from bans on full-face veils being considered across Europe (which we’ve written about before) to an attack on a proposed Muslim cultural center and mosque being planned in lower Manhattan, near Ground Zero. Meanwhile, the Texas Board of Education continues to debate textbook standards, and a new book helps us feel more at home at others’ religious ceremonies. (Photo: Turkish mosque, courtesy of birdfarm.)
"We are an old country anchored in a certain idea of how to live together. A full veil which completely hides the face is an attack on those values, which for us are so fundamental," he told his ministers. "Citizenship has to be lived with an uncovered face. There can therefore be absolutely no solution other than a ban in all public places."