New York: Public school organizes ‘Hijab Day’ for non-Muslim students

Supposedly the whole thing was thought up and organized by one Muslim refugee/immigrant from Yemen. It should be followed by  a hijab-free day. 

Source: NY school organizes ‘Hijab Day’ for non-Muslim students | EAGnews.org

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Officials at Rochester’s World School of Inquiry spent last week fielding dozens of calls from parents angry about a “World Hijab Day” event that encouraged girls to wear the Muslim religious head covering.

Sophomore Eman Muthana wears a hijab to school and wrote a letter to principal Sheela Webster asking if the school can put on its own World Hijab Day at the school last Friday, WHAM reports.

Webster approved the event – designed to educate students about the religious purposes behind the hijab – but did not inform parents until after the media reports of the event sparked backlash online, and angry calls to the school, according to WHEC.

“As a high school teacher for over 30 years, let me say that this is wrong on so many levels,” Jim Farnholz wrote, according to the news site.

“All religions are taught in our global studies classes. That being said, that is where understanding, tolerance and the good and bad of religion and history are taught. This, however, is a clear violation of separation of church and state.”

WHEC reports teachers brought in about 150 scarves in on Friday and wrapped up volunteers before the first bell. The school set up tables in the cafeteria, where girls tried on a hijab and boys were given carnations for support, according to WHEC, which described the event as “student run.”

“We wanted them to experience it and feel how we feel,” Muthana, originally of Yemen, told the site. “I just feel proud that I’m sharing my culture.”

“I love that we’re having the open conversation. I think that’s the first step into making it a more open and tolerant environment. I think this is the perfect school for it,” English-as-a-Second-Language teacher Kelly Lalonde told WHAM.

A district spokesman told the site officials consulted with an attorney about the World Hijab Day event, and were advised that “there would be more of a legal issue if the school said no to the event” than to hold lessons on the Muslim scarf.

Regardless, Webster, who also donned a hijab, was adamant the school did not promote religion, but rather cultural acceptance.

“Our perspective in it was not religious – it was really about experiential,” she told WHAM. “We are an experiential school; we engage kids in all kinds of activities and projects all of the time, so the perspective of being able to learn what a hijab is, why some women choose to wear it and why some women don’t choose to wear it, and we provide the opportunity to experience it; it is well within protocol of experiential learning.”

She told WHEC the lessons on the hijab had nothing to do with the Muslim religion, it “was actually around learning about the cloth.”

School board president Van Henri White didn’t seem to have a problem with the hijab day when he stopped in on the event Friday.

“She’s not trying to make anybody else anything other than who they are,” White said of Muthana, “but she wants people to accept who she is.”

WHEC reporter Brett Davidsen asked: “Does it put any pressure on the kids who don’t want to participate – does it put them in an awkward position?”

“I don’t know,” White replied. “Look around, I don’t see that.”

Many parents and commenters online were offended, nonetheless.

“What lesson will they wear a Yarmulke in? Or the Christian cross? Or the Hindu turban?” Dan Lane posted. “Funny how it always seems to be the Muslims they learn about, even in Common Core.”

“How disgusting and irresponsible for any educator to encourage a child to wear a symbol of oppression, whether it be religious or cultural,” Rebecca Sluman wrote.

“Don’t you kids dare wear a shirt with the American flag on it, someone WILL be offended,” Rick Bentley added.


Contact the school here.

Even the Washington Post writes: Why teachers should not ask students to try on the hijab


Related:

Philly: Muslim strangled pregnant girlfriend to death for not wearing hijab

Mass brawl in Belgian refugee center over woman refusing to wear headscarf (VIDEO)

8 Responses

  1. This shit shouldn’t be taught in a free country! Pislam is not a pro choice or a religion/political agenda that allows freedom or even basic human rights.
    No one needs to worship satan (allah) unless you truly hate yourself, this trash is ridiculous.

  2. Webster needs to have her hijab pulled real tight around her neck. Idiots like her do not belong anywhere close to youngsters or, for that matter, human beings.

  3. I gather students were not required to participate. Though, one can
    t help but wonder if those who opt out are noted for future “conversations.”

  4. It starts here, then spreads. And why does this school have “English as a second language” as a subject?

  5. Separation of church and state applies here as the wearing by women/girls is a religious requirement of a faith rather than a cultural lesson. At best, if learned anywhere in an American school, it should be in social studies. The day’s ‘lesson’ is totally inappropriate. Parents, continue to speak up and hold your educators, administrators and school boards accountable. Our children are our future and our nation deserves better.

  6. Wanting to obtain information regarding art work on your site. I wanted to know if I may copy to use on my News Letters regarding Sharia and Islam? Only with the original posters or artist permission.

    Thanks

    Angela

    “A Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom, can never be restored, Liberty once lost, is lost forever.” – John Adams

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