Creeping Sharia Alert. When will Americans get the message — they must accommodate Muslim sensibilities? “High School Track Star Alleges Religious Discrimination,” from WUSA9.com (thanks to Isabella the Crusader):
WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) — A DC track and field star says she’s been the victim of religious discrimination. Officials at the Montgomery Invitational track meet told Juashaunna Kelly she had to remove her Muslim head covering if she wanted to compete.
It was a roller coaster weekend for the 17 year old star from Roosevelt High School. On Friday, Gatorade named her DC Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. On Saturday, officials at the Montgomery Invitational left her weeping.
“I knew she was about to say I couldn’t run,” says Juashaunna. “So I started crying. And she told me to calm down and everything. And I was just standing there crying.”
Since her sophomore year at Roosevelt, Juashaunna has worn a custom made suit that covers her head and neck as required by her faith. But officials at the prestigious indoor track told her it violated the rules. “And I told her, I’ve been wearing it for three years, why can’t I wear it now?”
“I said doing that would be almost like me sending her out there buck naked,” says Roosevelt track coach Anthony Bowden. “I can’t do that.”
Track meet director Tom Rogers insists it had nothing to do with what Juashaunna was wearing on her head. He says lots of runners wear hejabs. One was even officiating at the meet. He says it has to do with what was under her uniform. Association rules require undergarments be one single solid color.
“It started off with the hood,” says Juashaunna’s mother Sarah. “He didn’t say anything about an undergarment or shirt. He said the hood. The hood had to come off.”
The discussion got pretty heated.
“You need to back off,” Coach Bowden told an official. “‘I don’t want you in my face, cause you’re spitting on me.’ It got to the point where I just took my hand and put it in his face and pushed him back.”
Juashaunna’s convinced she missed a chance to shine for college scouts. There “was a lot of recruiters at this meet,” she says.
“I feel bad because I promised her something I wasn’t able to deliver,” says her coach.
The track meet is sponsored by Montgomery County Schools. Its director says a sanctioned meet has to follow the rules set up by the National Federation of State High School Associations.
Nope. Those rules have to change now.