When in Rome

Ergas, Yasmine
August 2004
New Republic;8/30/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 9, p13
Discusses the creation of Muslim-only classes at public schools in Milan, Italy. Segregation of Islamic students from the rest of the school's students; Claim that when Italian Muslims violate the separation of church and state, they highlight the ambiguities between Italy's government and the Catholic Church; Report that parents enrolling their children in the Muslim-only classes would otherwise send their children to private, fundamentalist institutions in a Muslim country; Problems of segregating students on the basis of religion; Presence of the crucifixion in every public school classroom; Redefinition of the crucifix from a symbol of religious belief to one of national identity.


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