Almost ninety years after the ban was enacted, the Oregon legislature determined that the law was unconstitutional and that teachers possess the same rights to religious free-exercise as all other Oregonians. The landmark decision is clearly a positive step toward equal rights for all Oregonians.

In France, however, the law seems to be moving in the opposite direction and the government is taking strides toward banning the burka. How do we reconcile opposing movements and sentiments in these two developed nations?

View the Oregon press release:

View the BBC story on the burka in France: