Sharia Dentist Update: this is the same fellow who is charged with refusing to treat a woman unless she was wearing a headscarf. Now it comes out that he gave the hijabbed ones a discount, too. “Dentist cut fees for women in Islamic dress,” from the Manchester Evening News (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair):
A MUSLIM dentist has admitted reducing his fees to encourage female patients to wear the Islamic headscarf.
Dr Omer Butt, from Prestwich, told a disciplinary hearing he would ask Muslim women to cover up in observance of Islamic law before he treated them.
But he denied refusing to treat a nurse because she would not follow his rules.
The nurse, known as Patient A, told the hearing she was left `humiliated and upset’ when she went to Dr Butt’s Unsworth Smile clinic in Bury, in April 2005.
The nurse, a non-practising Muslim, claimed Dr Butt said she would have to find another dentist because she wouldn’t wear a headscarf.
Dr Butt told the General Dental Council professional conduct committee the Islamic ethos of his surgery was a `marketing tool’.
He said: “If they are prepared to wear the headscarf, I am willing to reduce the fee or completely waive the fee.”
He said he identified the woman as a Muslim because of her name, which has roots in Islam, then `politely’ asked her to wear a headscarf.
He said: “I did request her to wear the headscarf. I said `It would help me if you would wear a headscarf’.
“Her response was she looked at me with a smile and said `Oh, that’s strange’.”
He said it was `unlawful’ for him, as a Muslim, to look at a Muslim woman who was not properly covered up. He added: “If she was to adhere to my request, it makes me feel more comfortable.
“It was a polite request. It was a simple request. It was never more than a request.”