Tag Archives: muslims

Human Rights for Muslims in the Anglosphere

US opposes Oklahoma headscarf ban,” BBC News, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3585377.stm, 31 March 2004.

Muslim girl wins dress appeal,” This is London, http://www.thisislondon.com/news/articles/16979456?source=PA, 2 March 2005.

Anglo-Saxon Freedom, French Bigotry

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A Muslim girl today won her battle to wear traditional “head-to-toe” dress in the classroom after the Court of Appeal ruled her school had acted unlawfully in barring her.

Shabina Begum, 15, accused the head teachers and governors of Denbigh High School, Luton, Beds, of denying her the “right to education and to manifest her religious beliefs”.

Lord Justice Brooke, vice president of the civil division of the Court of Appeal, called on the Department of Education to give schools more guidance on how to comply with their obligations under the Human Rights Act.
He ruled that that her school had:


# Unlawfully excluded her

# Unlawfully denied her the right to manifest her religion

# Unlawfully denied her access to suitable and appropriate education.

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The US justice department has filed a complaint on behalf of a Muslim girl who was twice sent home from school for wearing a headscarf.

The education authorities said the hijab breached the dress code of the school in Oklahoma.

But the justice department says it amounts to religious discrimination.

America has a long history of giving refuge to immigrants who “dress funny”

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Unlike some places, like No Human Rights for Muslims in France

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Update: Big Pharoah is less-than-pleased.

Update 2: Some kook with an obscure blog is a fan.

Update 3: When “liberal” “progress” is more important than liberty, freedom, or tradition. Why I am not a leftist.

Hurrah for Canada

Report says Ont. Muslims have right to use religious law in family disputes,” by Keith Leslie, Macleans, http://www.macleans.ca/topstories/politics/news/shownews.jsp?content=n122045A, 20 December 2004.

Three words I thought I’d never say: Hurrah for Canada.

TORONTO (CP) – Ontario Muslims should have the same rights as Catholics and Jews in the province to seek arbitration based on religious laws for family disputes and inheritance cases, concludes a report by former attorney general Marion Boyd.

“We’re talking about arbitration based on certain religious principles . . .similar to our Charter values of equality, freedom and justice,” she told reporters at a news conference.

Land of cold. Land of freedom of contract. Land of freedom of faith.

If I’m reading the law right, it’s nothing beyond what the U.S. already has in different form. But it’s a great step forward for our neighbors to the north.