Originally Posted by Potty Diva
Gee, another toughy.
If the public school doesn't allow Christian prayer, then it should not allow anything religion, including hijab. But if other children can come to school with symbols of their religion, then hijab should be allowed.
Does an adults hijab cover the face?
I think there's a difference between prayer and clothing. e.g., Jewish yamulke or Christian crucifix versus reciting Torah or the Lord's Prayer. Clothing is one's free speech to express one's religious faith; rather than an imposition of that religion on others (which is what classroom prayer would be).
And in New York, yes children have been disciplined for wearing Christian symbols to school. But subway workers have also been threatened with firing by the city for wearing Indian Sikh turbans. It's "scaring" New Yorkers because it reminds them of Osama Bin Laden.
In both cases the censorship is wrong.
RE: Mahdokht's post about DMV and hijabs: I had a college friend who went through the same thing at DMV, with being asked to take her hijab off. They claimed it was to distinguish her from everyone else.
: She was very religious, and to her it was the equivalent of being asked to take her clothes off for the picture. I can't believe how disrespectful DMV was by asking her to do that!