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Georgia Judge jails Muslim woman for refusing to take off her Hijab

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia judge ordered a Muslim woman arrested Tuesday for contempt of court for refusing to take off her head scarf at a security checkpoint.

The judge ordered Lisa Valentine, 40, to serve 10 days in jail, said police in Douglasville, a city of about 20,000 people on Atlanta’s west suburban outskirts.

Valentine violated a court policy that prohibits people from wearing any headgear in court, police said.

The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations urged federal authorities to investigate the incident as well as others in Georgia.

“I just felt stripped of my civil, my human rights,” Valentine told The Associated Press on Wednesday from her home, after she said she was unexpectedly released once CAIR got involved. Jail officials declined to say why she was freed.

Full article here.

What if she was a Christian nun or an Orthodox Jewish woman?


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  • 10 Responses for "Georgia Judge jails Muslim woman for refusing to take off her Hijab"

    1. Hamza December 17th, 2008 at 6:34 pm

      Exactly….

    2. Yousuf December 17th, 2008 at 7:00 pm

      Hahahaha… those jail officials who declined to say why she was freed are so stupid it’s funny…

    3. Ebony December 20th, 2008 at 11:29 pm

      This is scary, my dad lives in that town and I am going there next month!!!

    4. dave December 21st, 2008 at 5:04 pm

      Georgia? lol

      They might make an exception for a Christian nun

    5. Tim December 23rd, 2008 at 2:16 am

      This is ridiculous…I don’t care what she was wearing, the rules are for everyone. Being politically correct got us 911. Enough is enough. If it was a problem leave. If this was a nun it wouldn’t have made it this far !

    6. Tim December 23rd, 2008 at 2:18 am

      This is ridiculous…I don’t care what she was wearing, the rules are for everyone. Being politically correct got us 911. Enough is enough. If it was a problem leave. If this was a nun it wouldn’t have made it this far ! The cops and judge did the right thing. Send her for cultural training

    7. john December 23rd, 2008 at 7:59 pm

      Actually, if you read the article. She was jailed for cursing at the judge as she was walking out…Nice try though…

    8. Yousuf December 23rd, 2008 at 8:50 pm

      whatever happened to “freedom of speech” and “freedom of religion”?

    9. Yousuf December 23rd, 2008 at 8:57 pm

      Tim, get a life

    10. Amina December 24th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

      It was wrong for the judge to ask her to remove her hijab since this is a religious requirement. If there is a reason to suspect a muslim female and it’s necessary to have her remove it, then accomodations must be made foe a female to do this in privacy. I feel it was done to humiliate her, and I would have done the same, jail or no jail.

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