French Muslim Brotherhood Leader Opposes Muslim Woman for Cabinet Post


Islam Online is reporting a comment made by Lhaj Thami Breze, chairman of the Union of Islamic Organizations in France (UOIF), an important component of the Muslim Brotherhood network in France. Mr. Breze criticized the appointment by recently elected French President Nicolas Sarkozy of Fadela Amara to be a junior minister in his cabinet stating “She is notorious for outright opposition to religiosity.” The article described Ms. Amara as the founder of a group defending secularism and against what she calls oppression faced by Muslim women including a long time campaign for a law to force Muslim women to remove their hijab in public places. The interesting aspect of Mr. Breze’s comment lies in his opposition to having any Muslim in public office who supports secularism and/or campaigns against religious symbols such as the hijab.

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