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Hijab Wearers Barred From Obama Podium

From the Politico:

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., ...

Muslims barred from picture at Obama event

By: Ben Smith
June 18, 2008

Two Muslim women at Barack Obama’s rally in Detroit Monday were barred from sitting behind the podium by campaign volunteers seeking to prevent the women’s headscarves from appearing in photographs or on television with the candidate.

The campaign has apologized to the women, all Obama supporters who said they felt betrayed by their treatment at the rally.

"This is of course not the policy of the campaign. It is offensive and counter to Obama’s commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton. "We sincerely apologize for the behavior of these volunteers."

"I was coming to support him, and I felt like I was discriminated against by the very person who was supposed to be bringing this change, who I could really relate to," said Hebba Aref, a 25-year-old lawyer who lives in the Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills. "The message that I thought was delivered to us was that they do not want him associated with Muslims or Muslim supporters."

In Detroit Monday the two different Obama volunteers – in separate incidents– made it clear that headscarves wouldn’t be in the picture

The volunteer "explained to me that because of the political climate and what’s going on in the world and what’s going on with Muslim Americans it’s not good for her to be seen on TV or associated with Obama," said Koussan, who is a law student at Wayne State University.

Both Koussan and Miller said they specifically recalled the volunteer citing the "political climate" in telling them they couldn’t sit behind Obama…

Shimaa Abdelfadeel’s story was different…

"We’re not letting anyone with anything on their heads like baseballs or scarves sit behind the stage," she paraphrased the volunteer as saying, an account Marino confirmed. "It has nothing to do with your religion!" …

Photographs of the event also show men with hats in the section behind Obama and Gore, though not directly behind the candidate..

What gorgeous mosaic?

Mind you, these were two separate incidents. So it was not a one time ‘accident.’

"This is of course not the policy of the campaign. It is offensive and counter to Obama’s commitment to bring Americans together and simply not the kind of campaign we run," said Obama spokesman Bill Burton.

Translation: "This is not the Obama campaign I know."

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, June 18th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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