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?

10 Replies to “Georgia Judge jails Muslim woman for refusing to take off her Hijab”

  1. 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 !

  2. 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

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

  4. 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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