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Italian bishop raps French 'burkini' ban

August 18, 2016

The secretary-general of the Italian bishops' conference has criticized the ban on the Islamic "burkini" at beaches in France. 

"The fear around Islamic clothing seems to be exploited for political ends," Bishop Nunzio Galantino told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. He ridiculed the idea that a ban on the full-length swimming costume was necessary to ensure public safety. "It is very unlikely for a woman going into the water to be on the brink of carrying out an attack," he said. 

 
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  • Posted by: unum - Aug. 19, 2016 10:07 AM ET USA

    The bishop would prefer Muslims and Christians on the beach throwing rocks at each other? I believe the Church teaches that public officials are responsible for maintaining civil order.