burka stunt in Australia & Hijabs in US

August 20, 2017

Three stories:
1.Australian senator Pauline Hanson came to the parliament wearing burka.

2.The Portland high school is offering the hijabs for female Muslim athletes.

3.The city of Long Beach will pay $85,000 to settle a 2016 federal lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman after an officer forcibly removed her hijab, or headscarf, when she was in police custody.

1.Australian senator Pauline Hanson came to the parliament wearing burka.

Attorney-General George Brandis rebuked Senator Hanson for what he described as an “appalling stunt” after she arrived for Senate question time dressed in the full-body Islamic dress, which covers the face.

Senator Hanson, who believes the burka should be banned in Australia and wants to halt Muslim immigration, said full-face covering hampered security authorities identifying suspects.

Senator Brandis’s condemnation was greeted by a standing ovation from Labor and the Greens.
Senator Brandis said Senator Hanson’s actions made things harder for security agencies.

“I can tell you it has been the advice of each director-general of security with whom I have worked and each commissioner of the Australian Federal Police that it is vital for their intelligence and law enforcement work that they work co-operatively with Muslim communities,” Senator Brandis said.

“And to ridicule that community to drive it into a corner, to mock its religious garments is an appalling thing to do.”

2.The Portland high school is offering the hijabs for female Muslim athletes.

Deering apparently became the first school in the nation to outfit athletes with hijabs designed for physical activity – a move athletic director Melanie Craig hopes will encourage more Muslim girls to play sports.

Athletes have long struggled to compete in their traditional hijabs – the headscarves worn in public by many Muslim girls and women to reflect devotion to their faith. Traditional headscarves are often thick and prone to unraveling, but sports hijabs are made from lightweight, sweat-wicking mesh and designed to pull on rather than wrap around to stay in place.

“You often see them flipping a scarf over their shoulder while they’re trying to get the ball,” Craig said of traditional hijabs. “We pride ourselves in celebrating our diversity, but this has really been a challenge for my female Muslim student-athletes.”

“If I’m going to buy a football helmet,” Craig said, “I’m going to buy a hijab.”

3.The city of Long Beach will pay $85,000 to a Muslim woman

Police originally banned inmates from wearing head scarves. Now it has changed due to the lawsuit.

Powell was arrested in May 2015 after she and her husband were pulled over by two officers due to the lowrider vehicle he was driving.

After officers had checked Powell’s identification, they discovered she had three misdemeanor warrants on her record. The warrants were for resisting arrest, car theft and petty theft.

Powell’s lawyer Rifahie said her client had no recollection of a warrant being sent out for a petty theft offense in 2002. The other two warrants were apparently not for Powell but for her sister, who falsely utilized her name, the federal lawsuit stated.

When officers went to arrest Powell, she asked them to deploy a female officer to the incident because “physical contact must be done by a woman” according to Islamic religion.

The officers declined her request and told Powell to remove her hijab. Powell refused and told them: “that she wears a hijab in accordance with her religious practice and that it is her legal right to wear it,” according to the lawsuit.

After she was booked at the Long Beach police station, officers removed her hijab while in the view of male officers and inmates.

Powell was without her hijab for 24 hours until she was released.

“She was held in the jail overnight, forced to sit in a cell feeling distraught, vulnerable and naked without her headscarf to everyone that passed,” according to the lawsuit.

“She cried throughout the ordeal and experienced humiliation when both her religious beliefs and personal integrity were violated. She felt that the male officers and male inmates had seen parts of her body that they should not have seen, according to her religious beliefs.”

Now she was awarded $85,000 by the city of Long Beach Tuesday after she sued the city’s police for removing her hijab against her will during an arrest.


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