Posted by: becketfund | November 27, 2007

Belgium: Ghent City Employees Banned from Wearing Religious Symbols

Flandersnews.be reports that the city of Ghent, by a vote of 26 to 23, has decided to forbid city employees from wearing ‘religious or political’ symbols, including headscarves. The ban will apply to all city personnel that comes into contact with the public on their jobs, such as childcare workers, though it would not affect teachers and police officers. The decision is the second of its kind for Belgium; the city of Antwerp instituted a similar ban earlier this year.

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