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MI Sorry For Kicking Off Veiled Bus Rider

From those lovers of diversity at the DNC’s Associated Press:

Michigan Public Transit Officials Apologize to Muslim Woman Over Veil Rejection

Saturday, December 09, 2006

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Public transit officials have apologized to a woman wearing an Islamic facial veil who was turned away from a bus and Friday rescinded a rule banning people with face coverings.

The ban was aimed at riders wearing Halloween or ski masks and officials had not considered religious dress, Rapid bus system spokeswoman Jennifer Kalczuk said. The rule was issued earlier this year so that an on-board camera system could help identify riders if there is a disturbance.

A bus driver told the woman in July that she would have to uncover her veil to board the bus, officials said. She had ridden other Rapid buses previously and was able to board another bus the same day.

Debbie Mageed, a Grand Rapids-area Islamic activist, said she appreciated Rapid’s response.

"We can’t expect all public domains to be aware of these situations until they actually come up," Mageed said. "As long as it doesn’t happen again, I’ll feel like they were sincere in their efforts to revise their policy."

I’m fairly certain that most states and localities have laws against going out disguised. It is English common law, probably going back to the days of the highwaymen.

Surely there is some religion out there that requires its participants to eschew clothing. Would that also be allowed because of "religious tolerance"?

Indeed, when you come down to it, Halloween is a Christian holiday.

But some religions are more equal than others.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, December 9th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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