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September 4, 2010

Re: Interesting Freedom of Religion Case from Israel

Topics: Understanding Islam

From the Jerusalem Post (via David Bernstein at Volokh Conspiracy):

The Jerusalem District Labor Court last week rejected a temporary appeal by a Muslim teacher at a private Christian school to allow her to continue working after she decided to wear a hijab in class after teaching without one for 27 years. (edit - emphasis added)

The Jerusalem District Labor Court last week rejected a temporary appeal by a Muslim teacher at a private Christian school to allow her to continue working after she decided to wear a hijab in class after teaching without one for 27 years.

The prestigious school, known as the Schmidt School for Girls, is run by the Blessed Virgin Mary (Mary Ward Sisters) and owned by the Archdiocese of Cologne. It is located on Nablus Road, near the Damascus Gate.

The school is open to all denominations and both Christian and Muslim girls study there. It has operated in Jerusalem for 120 years and today is classified as a recognized but unofficial school in the city's educational system.

The hijab that the teacher, Nadra Nimri, insisted on wearing, covers her head and neck, but not her face.

Bernstein points out that essentially, the court ruled that as a private Christian school that sought to maintain a strict equality between its Muslim and Christian students, the school was entitled to enforce its dress code even though it infringed on the teacher's statutory religious freedom rights.

The case reminds me of the Muslim woman who after working for Disney World for more than two years suddenly decided to wear a headscarf, and when Disney refused her permission to do so she sued them with the help of hamas-linked CAIR, claiming she was being discriminated against because she was an Arab, a Moroccan, and a Muslim. What strikes me about both of these cases is that they appear to be cases of Muslims trying to make a point about Islam - wanting special treatment because they're Muslim, when clearly, they had decided to break the rules they had followed for quite some time. In other words, what's really happening are stealth jihad attempts to assert the primacy of Islamic law and custom over American/Israeli law and custom.

Posted by Abdul at September 4, 2010 9:44 PM



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