Hijab dilemma in Norway

| 20/03/2009

(Christian Science Monitor): Norway’s biggest headache right now is not the financial crisis. Rather, the predominantly Christian nation is plagued by a religious dilemma over the right of a Muslim woman to wear a hijab as part of her police uniform. As the controversy has escalated, the country has seen the physical collapse of the justice minister, the public burning of a hijab, and a substantial rise in the popularity of Norway’s anti-immigrant opposition party just six months before general elections. This is odd for a country known for religious tolerance, generous international development aid, and peace efforts worldwide.

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