Danish Party Opposes Muslim Magistrates Wearing of Head Scarves
By Howard Friedman
According to a story today from Agence France-Presse, Danish authorities last December authorized Muslim magistrates to wear headscarves in their courtrooms. Now that this has been recently disclosed, Denmark's right-wing DPP party is launching a series of newspaper ads opposing the practice. The ads call headscarves a "veil of tyranny". Justice Minister Lene Espersen suggested that new rules might be adopted that would ban judges from wearing any religious symbol that could impair the neutrality of the court. This would include Christian crosses as well as Muslim head scarves.
"Profiling We Can Believe in" Politico is reporting that two Michigan Muslim supporters of Obama were barred from sitting on the podium behind Barack in order to hide their headscarves from the cameras. The campaign has denied this, instead stating that head gear of any kind, including baseball caps, are not allowed in the special backdrop section, and any request to remove the head scarves was not motivated by concern over the supporters' religion...