A muslim woman was asked to remove her hijab, or traditional head scarf, by her bank, in order to be served. When she explained that ist was religious apparrel and she wouldn’t take it off, she was asked to move to a seperate room to be identified. When this occurance repeated itself she left the bank. Her bank defended its policy, saying that it would be acceptable to ask someone who wouldn’t take off his or her headwear to be identified in another room. He never specified religious clothing. The woman’s response was that her scarf didn’t cover her face, only her hair.
This sort of degenerate behavior by banks captures the very essence, though diluted, of McCarthyism: the persecution of a group of people in the name of security. It is one’s fist ammendment right to freely practive one’s religion, and the hijab is a part of Islam. Therefore, the rules of these banks which fail to disclude religious headwear violate the constitution. 62% of people felt that this sort of law was fair. How is it that the vast majority of americans believe in violating the religious freedoms we hold so dear? I fear for our future is such a fact is true.