Local Muslim Woman Wins Hijab Settlement With OC Sheriff's Department

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A Muslim woman wears the hijab
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California reached a settlement with the County of Orange yesterday allowing for Muslim women to keep their religious headscarves on while in custody.

That wasn't the case back in 2006 when Lebanese Arabheimer Souhair Khatib and her husband pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor welfare crime.

Ordered to perform hours of community service, Khatib later asked for an extension alongside her husband, but the judge revoked their probation and placed them in holding cells. It was there that a male deputy ordered the devout Muslim to remove her scarf.

Khatib reluctantly complied after trying to explain why doing so in the sight of men she didn't know would cause great distress. She sued in 2007 on the basis that her religious freedoms were violated. As a result of the just-reached agreement, observant Muslim women in similar situations won't have to suffer through the same ordeal.

"I praise Allah and thank Him that I live in a country where I can practice my religion freely," Khatib said in response to the news. "While not everyone understands Islam or what it requires of me, I'm grateful that the U.S. government protects my right to fulfill my duty to Allah, whether at work, on a public street or, yes, even in a sheriff's holding facility."

As part of the agreement law enforcement officers will undergo training on the new policy that calls for the providing of temporary religious headscarves for Muslim women to wear while in custody. A total of $85,000 in damages and assorted costs was also awarded.

News of the settlement has unsettled Islamophobes among us claiming that 'sharia law' is creeping forward in the United States and that Orange County has just bowed down before one of the world's largest religions. They fear "muzzie-mahs," as they pejoratively call them, will sneak contraband and weapons into prison under their headscarves.

May their ignorance be abolished, inshallah!

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11 comments
Cottonwood
Cottonwood

It could be used as a weapon though. Somebody could choke somebody or hang themselves with it.

notipugo
notipugo

"I praise Allah and thank Him that I live in a country where I can practice my religion freely, [and shove my brutal, primitive, hate filled bigoted political system into your face and make you eat it, you soft, stupid infidels."] " Khatib said in response to the news. 

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

"Souhair Khatib and her husband pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor welfare crime. "

Yet more beneficial immigration. 

Susan Enstad Morris
Susan Enstad Morris

Makes me wonder: if I was jailed in a Muslim country and I was wearing my crucifix around my neck, would I get the same concessions? I highly doubt it. I would probably just be beheaded, no worries about wearing it after that huh?

Janina Uhmm
Janina Uhmm

ROFL @ ^ ^ ^ i sure would have liked to of kept my shoes

Rick Floyd
Rick Floyd

thats fucking lame if u have been arrested you have "NO FUCKING RIGHTS" IF U DONT LIKE IT GET THE FUCK OUT OF OUR COUNTRY AND GO BACK TO YOURS WHERE THEY DONT JAIL THEY CUT SHIT OFF !

Gary Grotsky
Gary Grotsky

Really because I sure would have liked to of kept my shoes

Russ Miller
Russ Miller

Joel Beers will approve he hates JUSTICE for all.

Russ Miller
Russ Miller

so they can be oppressed both at home and in JAIL?

Capt.Yossarian
Capt.Yossarian

@Susan Enstad Morris Is that a "sexy" fantasy of your's, Susan?

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