Hijab barred in American court

Days after police arrested a Muslim woman for refusing to remove her religious headscarf before attending a hearing, city court workers and a municipal judge have been ordered to undergo sensitivity training. The judge in an Atlanta, Georgia suburb ordered Lisa Valentine to serve 10 days in jail for contempt of court – she was released in less than a day. CAIR spokesperson Ibrahim Hooper said that the sensitivity training doesn’t address the core problem – “We can deal with whether people knew about policies or whether they handled things correctly, but the bottom line is, can a Muslim woman walk into this courtroom wearing religious attire?” he said. Valentine said that she was accompanying her nephew to a traffic citation hearing when she was stopped by officials. Valentine said she objected to removing her headscarf and turned to leave, but officers stopped her and she was held for contempt of court.

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