Ga. Judge Jails Muslim Woman Over Head Scarf
Religious freedom or judges control of a courtroom?
A difficult choice. Judges have the power to set and
enforce rules for their courtrooms, for behavior, language,
dress. Should an exception be made for religious reasons?
If so, how far? For major religions or for all? What if the
woman had came in a full chador, covered head to foot?
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.
Hall said Valentine, an insurance underwriter, told the bailiff that she had been in courtrooms before with the scarf on and that removing it would be a religious violation. When she turned to leave and uttered an expletive, Hall said a bailiff handcuffed her and took her before the judge.
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