CAIR issued the following press release:
CAIR Asks Louisiana Judge to Ensure that Courtroom Hijab Ban Not Be Repeated
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 4/28/16) The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called on a Louisiana judge to ensure that the recent removal of a Muslim woman from court because she wears an Islamic head scarf, or hijab, not be repeated.
CAIR said the Muslim woman, who does not want to be identified, says she removed from Jefferson Parish Traffic Court on Tuesday after a bailiff asked her to remove her hijab and she refused. The woman stated: "I started to cry because I felt so embarrassed and humiliated."
Judge Raylyn Beevers, who admitted that she asked the Muslim woman to leave the courtroom, now says she did not realize the head covering was worn for religious reasons.
In a letter to Judge Beevers, CAIR Senior Staff Attorney William Burgess wrote in part:
"Media reports indicate that you did not realize at the time that her hijab was worn for religious reasons. In the wake of this incident, we express our hope that such a clear violation of constitutional rights will never be repeated and that existing policy (General Courtroom Conduct Rule 6.1) protecting those wearing religious attire be explained to and implemented by all courtroom staff."
WDSU News reports in part:
Judge Beevers says she was following courtroom procedure when the woman was asked to wait outside the courtroom while the situation was being investigated, citing General Courtroom Conduct Rule 6.1.
"When a person is wearing a hat, knit cap, scarf, skull cap, curler cap, any non-recognizable religious item, etc. they are asked to remove these items... If the person does not want to remove the item, in lieu of stopping court for the Judge to question the person, in Division 'B,' the bailiff requests that the person wait in the upstairs lobby and speak with the Judicial Administrator."
The woman says she declined to remove the head covering for religious reasons. She says she was then escorted outside the courtroom, and asked to wait. She says she waited almost an hour until her name was called.
However, the hijab, which lacks specific derivation from the Qur'an, is a symbol of oppression that is pushed by Islamist extremists.
The New York Times published the following opinion on January 14, 2016 written by two Muslim women Asra Q. Nomani and Hala Arafa:
Wearing the Hijab in Solidarity Perpetuates Oppression
In the eight times the word hijab, or a derivative, appears in the Koran, it means a “barrier” or “curtain,” with spiritual, not sartorial, meaning.
Today, well-intentioned women are wearing headscarves in interfaith “solidarity.” But, to us, they stand on the wrong side of a lethal war of ideas that sexually objectifies women as vessels for honor and temptation, absolving men of personal responsibility.
This purity culture covers, segregates, subordinates, silences, jails and kills women and girls around the world.
“The Qur'an Does Not Mandate Hijab” writes Ibrahim B. Syed, Ph. D. President Islamic Research Foundation International, Inc. “… as long as the dresses are not revealing or too tight, cultural variations can add tremendous diversity in the fulfillment of this guideline. Hijab, a terminology that is NOT to be found in the Qur'an or Hadith in the context of dress code.” Ibrahim Syed refers to Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl's studies of the Qur’an and Islamic law. Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is an accomplished Islamic jurist and scholar, and a Professor of Law at the UCLA's School of Law. He previously taught Islamic law at the University of Texas, Yale Law School and Princeton University. A high-ranking Shaykh, Dr. Abou El Fadl also received formal training in Islamic jurisprudence in Egypt and Kuwait. Ibrahim Syed writes “Abou El Fadl argues that in contemporary Muslim societies people tend to become authoritative by imposing a single viewpoint to the total exclusion of others. Shariah (Islamic law) is then invoked to quash debate by people who are themselves not adequately qualified to do so.”
Pew Research found that only forty three percent (43%) of American Muslim women wear hijabs according a National Public Radio report. The majority of American Muslim women do NOT wear hijabs. Rasmieyh Abdelnabi, 27, grew up attending an Islamic school in Bridgeview, Ill., a tiny Arab enclave on Chicago's southwest side. It's a place where most Muslim women wear the hijab. Abdelnabi explains why she stopped wearing the hijab. She says that Islam teaches modesty — but wearing the hijab is taking it a step too far. "I've done my research, and I don't feel its foundation is from Islam," she says. "I think it comes from Arab culture." Read more at NPR.org
The hijab is a symbol of oppression that is fostered by strict adherents of Sharia law which is antithetical to the rights afforded under the United States Constitution. Wearing a hijab is clearly driven by culture and custom and is not a religious requirement. However, Islamists who want to Islamize America instead of assimilate into American culture are pushing these Sharia style customs.
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