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Kosovo Votes for Secularism
by Michael J. Totten
Those who feared Kosovo's declaration of independence would lead to an Islamic state in the heart of Europe's Balkan Peninsula will be happy to learn that its parliament voted to ban Islamic headscarves in schools by a modest margin and overwhelmingly to ban religious instruction in schools.
I, for one, am not the least bit surprised. Hardly anyone there wears the headscarf in the first place. I see about the same number of headscarves in Seattle as in Kosovo's capital Pristina. Kosovo is culturally European, not Middle Eastern. It is as unlike Egypt and Saudi Arabia as any place on earth possibly can be.
In case you missed it when I first published it, I wrote a dispatch from Kosovo and Albania (roughly 90 percent of Kosovars are ethnic Albanians) for City Journal three years ago.
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