Police Ban On Wearing Muslim Scarves Upheld


A federal appeals court upheld a Philadelphia Police Department’s policy barring officers from wear Muslim head scarves on the job, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Officer Kimberlie Webb, a Sunni Muslim, said it was a religious obligation to wear the scarf as a “show of modesty.” The court said accommodating Webb would severely damage the department’s appearance of “religious neutrality.”

Said Webb’s attorney, Jeffrey Pollock: “We’ve seen ashes on Ash Wednesday and palms in cars around Palm Sunday,” he said. “Why is it such a big deal [] to wear a Muslim head scarf?” Imam Amin Nathari of the Islamic-American Movement called the ruling “a travesty,” adding, “It shows how much farther we have to go in this country in religious tolerance.”

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