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CAIR-DFW Urges Courts To Allow Religious Head Coverings

CAIR-DFW Urges Courts To Allow Religious Head Coverings

cair dfwThe DFW Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on municipal courts to allow head coverings after receiving complaints from people who've been told they can't enter a courtroom.

Earlier this week, Kendra Rumph Montemayor stopped by Haltom City Municipal Court to pay a speeding ticket.

But in a Facebook video, she said she was told she couldn't go inside the courtroom because of her head covering. She told court employees she wore it for religious reasons.

Now, the Dallas Fort Worth Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations is calling on municipal courts to allow people wearing religious head coverings inside their courtrooms.

Faizan Syed, executive director of CAIR-DFW, said he's heard from people who've had similar experiences in other North Texas courtrooms.

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Muslim group asks Texas municipal courts to allow head coverings for religious reasons

Muslim group asks Texas municipal courts to allow head coverings for religious reasons

Press Conference CAIR TX Municipal Court HijabA Muslim civil rights group is calling on municipal courts to change their policies so that people wearing head coverings for religious reasons are allowed in the courtroom.

The Dallas-Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) held a press conference Thursday afternoon outside of the Haltom City Municipal Court after Kendra Montemayor posted a video on Facebook saying that she was told Tuesday morning she couldn’t enter the courtroom because of her hijab.

The municipal court updated its policy to allow head coverings for religious reasons.

 MEDIA ADVISORY      CAIR-DFW to Seek Right to Religious Head Coverings in Courtrooms After Muslim Woman Barred from Court Over Hijab

MEDIA ADVISORY CAIR-DFW to Seek Right to Religious Head Coverings in Courtrooms After Muslim Woman Barred from Court Over Hijab

MEDIA ADVISORY

CAIR DFW LOGO colorCAIR-DFW to Seek Right to Religious Head Coverings in Courtrooms After Muslim Woman Barred from Court Over Hijab

(DALLAS, TX, 12/9/2020) – Tomorrow, Dec. 10, the Dallas-Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) will hold a news conference outside of the Haltom City Municipal Court to call on the court allow religious head coverings inside the courtroom after a Muslim woman who was told that she could not enter the courtroom because she was wearing an Islamic head scarf, or hijab. 

CAIR-DFW, a chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, said a viral video posted by a Muslim woman indicates she was told that she could not enter the courtroom because of her hijab.

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WHAT: Courtroom Religious Head Covering Accommodation Press Conference  

WHERE: Haltom City Municipal Court, 5024 Broadway Ave, Haltom City, TX 76117  

WHEN: Thursday, December 10, 1 P.M.    

CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, 469-290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

“Courts serve peoples of all faiths and backgrounds and should allow for the wearing of religious head coverings and attire,” said CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed. “A judge’s ban on religious head coverings negatively impacts the legal rights of Muslim women who wear the hijab, Sikh men who wear turbans, Catholic nuns who wear habits, and Jewish men who wear yarmulkes.”  

He said CAIR-DFW will work with Judge Irby and the municipal court to highlight the importance of allowing religious head coverings and to seek an apology for the Muslim woman who was not allowed to enter the court.  

CAIR-TX DFW is calling on all municipal courts to change “no hat” policies to allow for the wearing of religious items in Dallas Fort-Worth and across Texas.  

The Washington-based civil rights organization has challenged bans on religious attiore in courtrooms nationwide. 

SEE: CAIR Asks Louisiana Judge to Ensure that Courtroom Hijab Ban Not Be Repeated

Michigan Muslim to File Suit Over Judge’s Hijab Ban

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 

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CONTACT: CAIR-DFW Executive Director Faizan Syed, (469)290-2909, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

Muslim woman protested when she was barred from municipal court for wearing a hijab

Muslim woman protested when she was barred from municipal court for wearing a hijab

fwstlogoAfter a woman wearing a hijab complained that she wasn’t allowed in the municipal court to pay her speeding ticket, the city changed its policy to allow head coverings for religious reasons.
Kendra Montemayor went to the Haltom City Municipal Court Tuesday afternoon where a bailiff told her that head coverings weren’t allowed.
The Dallas-Fort-Worth chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-DFW) is holding a press conference outside of the Haltom City Municipal court at 1 p.m. Thursday to highlight the need for courts to change their policies about head coverings.
After Biden’s Win, US Muslims Brace for More “Sophisticated” Activism

After Biden’s Win, US Muslims Brace for More “Sophisticated” Activism

A continued push to register voters as well as active and sophisticated engagement on repealing travel bans and advocating for immigrants with elected officials are two of the ways Texas Muslim leaders said activists can continue to advance their political agenda following the election of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States.

Mustafaa Carroll, the executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Texas, along with Nahela Morales, a regular contributor to AboutIslam, co-founder and marketing director for convert organization Embrace, both spoke during a recent panel session hosted by CAIR.

The event also featured Houston-area activists, including those working with immigrant and environmental organizations, as well as a representative from the Texas Democratic Party and the Houston City Council.

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