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Washington - U.S. Supreme Court To Let Woman Sue Over Headscarf Removal

Published on: October 3, 2011 12:58 PM
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Washington -  The Supreme Court will let a Muslim woman sue Southern California jailers for making her take off her head scarf in a courthouse holding cell.

The court on Monday refused to hear an appeal from Orange County, Calif., officials, who were sued in 2007 by Souhair Khatib.

Khatib had gone to the Orange County Superior Court to ask for more time to complete her community service. But a judge ordered her jailed, and jailers forced Khatib to remove her head scarf.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected arguments that holding cells aren’t covered by a federal law protecting the religious practices of prisoners. It also ruled Khatib had the right to wear the scarf unless jailers could show it was a security risk.

The case was Orange County, Calif., v. Souhair Khatib, 10-1505.



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 Oct 03, 2011 at 01:42 PM SherryTheNoahide Says:

More & more modest women are being humiliated & made to remove their headscarves and\or facial & head coverings. It's totally disgraceful, and I don't care *what* religion the woman in question belongs to!

Most women everywhere should feel violated & outraged that this keeps happening all over the globe, but especially in supposedly "free" societies, such as America & Europe.

Today it's just a head-scarf in jail... but pretty soon they won't be allowed in certain public places at all!

And all this in the name of "safety"... but at what cost??

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 Oct 03, 2011 at 03:00 PM Anonymous Says:

In 1977, there was the case of Dr. Simcha Goldman; the the U.S. Air Force made a Jewish Air Force Captain remove his Yarmulke. As a result, Congress passed "the Yarmulke bill", which authorized observant Jewish service personnel to wear their yarmulkes.

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 Oct 03, 2011 at 03:06 PM Tziony Says:

Reply to #1  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

More & more modest women are being humiliated & made to remove their headscarves and\or facial & head coverings. It's totally disgraceful, and I don't care *what* religion the woman in question belongs to!

Most women everywhere should feel violated & outraged that this keeps happening all over the globe, but especially in supposedly "free" societies, such as America & Europe.

Today it's just a head-scarf in jail... but pretty soon they won't be allowed in certain public places at all!

And all this in the name of "safety"... but at what cost??

"Supposedly free societies such as America....". Tell you what, your "free" to leave whenever you want and find yourself a country with more freedom.

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 Oct 03, 2011 at 05:16 PM Darth_Zeidah Says:

Jews of all shades religious observance should support this litigant's cause.

Today it was a Muslim woman in southern California. If people of all religions do not take a stand against the forcible removal of the woman's headscarf tomorrow it will be a Jewish man being forced to remove his kippah in New York c"v.

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 Oct 03, 2011 at 06:05 PM BLONDI Says:

mildly curious, what was her original offense? she needed more time for community service?1? she sounds like she is trying to laugh at the American laws. next thing u know is, she is an illegal with ties to terrorists from her homeland....

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 Oct 03, 2011 at 06:19 PM festayid Says:

Reply to #1  
SherryTheNoahide Says:

More & more modest women are being humiliated & made to remove their headscarves and\or facial & head coverings. It's totally disgraceful, and I don't care *what* religion the woman in question belongs to!

Most women everywhere should feel violated & outraged that this keeps happening all over the globe, but especially in supposedly "free" societies, such as America & Europe.

Today it's just a head-scarf in jail... but pretty soon they won't be allowed in certain public places at all!

And all this in the name of "safety"... but at what cost??

Ppl who commit crimes and go to jail don't deserve the same rights as the rest of us

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 Oct 03, 2011 at 09:31 PM shtill Says:

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Tziony Says:

"Supposedly free societies such as America....". Tell you what, your "free" to leave whenever you want and find yourself a country with more freedom.

That's a ridiculous retort. This is her country - a country which stands for freedom. Your kind of talk is more appropriate for the goverments of Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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 Oct 03, 2011 at 09:32 PM shtill Says:

Reply to #7  
festayid Says:

Ppl who commit crimes and go to jail don't deserve the same rights as the rest of us

Will you say the same thing when your Jewish brother gets arrested? Or will you then make asifas decrying the anti semitism?

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 Oct 03, 2011 at 10:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
shtill Says:

Will you say the same thing when your Jewish brother gets arrested? Or will you then make asifas decrying the anti semitism?

i am not #7, but i owuld say the same thing if it was a frum woman- there are rules and regulations in jail, many of which are set up as safety precautions. a head scarf can become an instrument of death.

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 Oct 04, 2011 at 11:41 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

Reply to #3  
Tziony Says:

"Supposedly free societies such as America....". Tell you what, your "free" to leave whenever you want and find yourself a country with more freedom.

Wow! I come on here, (as a gentile, no less), and stick up for frum & modest women everywhere... and you tell me that if I don't **like** the fact that modest women are being humiliated at police stations & etc., I can just MOVE out of my country & go somewhere else?!

Nice! (lol) Great manners, and great priorities to boot!

I don't keep as modest as Jewish ladies because I am not obligated to do so... however, I DO cover my head when out in public & it's interesting to me that someone who isn't even *obligated* to be so modest, is more concerned about modesty... than a Jew who knows Torah & understands the issue better than I probably ever could??

What is going on here?!

You can disagree with me if you want to... but suggesting I banish myself to another country if I don't think women should have to put up with such embarrassment here in America, is a LOT to ask somebody who is just trying to stick up for our rights as women to remain covered!

Your attitude shows me that this issue is basically a "non-issue" for YOU... and that you're probably also a MALE* poster as well! (lol) (:-D


*But correct me if I am wrong...

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