Thursday, February 11, 2010

NPNS contre NPA

Ni Putes ni Soumises is filing suit against the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste for running a candidate who wears a scarf over her head. In the estimation of NPNS, this is "antisecular, antifeminist, and antirepublican." Certain commenters think that I'm "naive" for failing to recognize that Ilham Moussaïd is the thin edge of the jihadist wedge. Du calme, mes amis. My grandmother also wore a scarf over her head. The American Republic survived. So will the French.

NPNS really ought to reflect on its own name: Mme Moussaïd is certainly "neither a whore nor a doormat." To run as a candidate for a militantly secular party while bravely wearing a symbol of Muslim identity is about as frank a declaration as one could wish that she is her own woman and nobody's doormat. Give her a break.