Friday, July 13, 2007


We need to change that, "Sweet land of liberty" line...

So, assuming there are nuns who still wear wimples—and I presume there are—would they be kept out of court-rooms if they refused to uncover their heads?

I don’t think so.

Trust the south to come up with ever-new forms of segregation. This one is as odious as all the others. On the other hand, I may be too hard on the southern states: there were some instances of American Indian high school graduates who were not allowed to wear eagle feathers on their mortar-boards, recently. Was it Stokeley Carmichael that said, "Racism is as American as apple pie!" ?

International Herald Tribune
U.S. Muslim group meets with city officials about woman barred from court over head scarf
The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 11, 2007

ATLANTA: Members of a national Muslim advocacy group met Wednesday with local officials from Valdosta, Georgia, about a policy that barred a Muslim woman from wearing a traditional head scarf in a city courtroom because of "homeland security" concerns.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, based in Washington, D.C., said no resolution was reached in the case of 20-year-old Aniisa Karim, who said she was banned from entering the Valdosta municipal court building on June 26 unless she took off the scarf.

"There's no definitive change thus far, but we have agreed to further discussions," said Ahmed Bedier, director of CAIR's Tampa, Florida, branch. "There was a cooperative spirit, a healthy spirit, and everyone agreed from the beginning we were all cooperating together to achieve the same goal."

Karim, a Baltimore, Maryland, native who works for a Valdosta radio station, was attempting to contest a speeding ticket when she was stopped by a security officer. She said she explained that she wore the traditional garment for religious reasons, but was told she could not enter because of "homeland security" concerns.

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