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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rocking the headscarf

This issue seems to come up at least once a year or so.
Ga. judge jails Muslim woman over head scarf

ATLANTA – A Muslim woman arrested for refusing to take off her head scarf at a courthouse security checkpoint said Wednesday that she felt her human and civil rights were violated. A judge ordered Lisa Valentine, 40, to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court, said police in Douglasville, a city of about 20,000 people on Atlanta's west suburban outskirts.
I have two thoughts on this.

First, annoyance and a little anger at the court for making much ado about nothing. It's not like she's posing for a driver's license photo with her face covered.

Second, I'm equally annoyed when Muslim countries force their cultural and religious practices on Western women. However, Western women in Muslim countries often comply and wear the headscarf.

So - annoyed or not - the court shouldn't have demanded that she remove the headscarf. However, in light of the court's demand and out of respect for the court and this country's (or that Georgia court's) practice, she should have removed the headscarf.


Blogger Kara Jo declared,

Hmm. Good points, Joey.

12/18/2008 10:52 AM  

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