An update on this story, which describes in greater detail the very real safety issues. In addition, exceptions in a case like this would set a terrible precedent and advance the cause of setting separate and unequal standards of behavior and accountability for Muslims and non-Muslims. And lastly, a uniform is a uniform. Making exceptions — especially glaringly conspicuous ones — defeats the purpose of having one.
“Court to hear arguments over Muslim cop’s scarf,” from the Associated Press, September 8:
PHILADELPHIA – Lawyers for a Philadelphia police officer who wants to wear a Muslim head scarf on the job are taking their case before a federal appeals court panel.
Forty-four-year-old Kimberlie Webb has been on the force more than 10 years. A federal judge ruled in June 2007 that the police department did not discriminate against Webb when it forbade her from wearing the head scarf at work.
Webb has appealed to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Her lawyers are going before a three-judge panel on Tuesday.
The scarf would cover Webb’s hair, forehead, neck, shoulders and chest. The city says it violates uniform regulations.