Ban on Religious Symbols in Belgium

RUSSELS - Belgium plans to ban civil servants who directly deal with the
public from wearing overt religious symbols, a minister said on Wednesday,
following the example set in France to ban religious symbols in schools.

"It concerns all religious symbols of all religions," Socialist Minister
Christian Dupont told VRT radio.

Dupont oversees the country's public administration.

He said he will check first with the administration's top managers whether
the measure would necessitate a change in the statute of civil servants.

"After that, we will adopt the measure," he said.

Belgian Interior Minister Patrick Dewael earlier this year called for a law
similar to French legislation banning Islamic headscarves in schools


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