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by Krago
Rated: E · Bulletin · News · #2234813
Brief news items
11 Oct 2020

A US appeals court has issued a temporary stay that will allow Texas to limit drop-off points to just one per county in next month's election.
Drop-off points were set up to allow voters to submit ballots in advance rather than rely on the postal service.
The decision came after another court blocked an order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, a Republican, drastically limiting these points.
But Democrats say this amounts to voter suppression.
A record number of people are expected to vote by mail in this year's election due to the pandemic.

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Emmanual Macron says Islam ‘in crisis’, prompting backlash from Muslims
‘Islam is a religion that is in crisis all over the world today’, says Macron, as he unveils plan to defend secularism.
French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to present his strategy to fight 'radicalisation' on October 2, 2020 in Les Mureaux outside Paris [Ludovic Marin/AFP]

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech to present his strategy to fight 'radicalisation' on October 2, 2020 in Les Mureaux outside Paris [Ludovic Marin/AFP]

President Emmanuel Macron has unveiled a plan to defend France’s secular values against what he termed as “Islamist radicalism”, saying the religion was “in crisis” all over the world, prompting a backlash from Muslim activists.

In a long-awaited address on Friday, Macron insisted “no concessions” would be made in a new drive to push religion out of education and the public sector in France.

The measures, Macron said, were aimed at addressing a problem of growing “radicalisation” in France and improving “our ability to live together”.

“Secularism is the cement of a united France,” he insisted, but added that there was no sense in stigmatising all Muslim believers.

The law permits people to belong to any faith of their choosing, Macron said, but outward displays of religious affiliation would be banned in schools and the public service.

Wearing the hijab is already banned in French schools and for public servants at their workplace.

The willingness to use Islam & minority Muslim communities to rally supporters by promoting a divisive culture war against minorities, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, shows more about those who promote such divisiveness than anyone else…

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