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