(Mad World News) A veiled Muslim woman was kicked out of a famed Paris opera house after cast members refused to perform in her covered presence.
Cast members performing the opera La Traviata “objected strongly” to the presence of a woman in the audience wearing a niqab-type veil, who was seated in the front row. A singer didn’t spot the woman until the second act of the show, which was when several performers said they didn’t want to sing until she was removed from the Bastille Opera house, according to the Daily Mail.
The show’s director Jean-Philippe Thiellay confirmed the woman was kicked out of the venue, a move supported by France’s ban on Muslims covering their face in public. The law has been in effect in the socialist country since 2011.
Muslim women who reside in and around Paris found in violation of the law are typically given a fine; however, this is the first known incident of someone being ejected from an artistic venue. Thiellay said the security guard told the offender that in France there is a ban of this nature, before he asked her to either uncover her face or leave the auditorium.
This incident, which originally took place on October 3 but has only recently been publicized, has brought about a toughening of France’s so-called “burka ban.” France’s Ministry of Culture said it would “produce a new set of rules” to insure the ban was strongly enforced in theaters, museums and other public institutions.
France,which is home to some five million Muslims, was the first European country to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public places.
Historically, France is weak in a lot of areas in comparison to America; however, when it comes to their tolerance — or lack thereof — of Muslims imposing their beliefs on others, they’re far stronger than the overly political correct U.S.