This is a safety issue, but for Marisol Rodriguez-Colon and Hamas-linked CAIR, it’s another opportunity to reinforce the idea that Americans must change their behavior to accommodate Sharia norms. “Muslim woman says roller-skating rink discriminated against her,” by Jeane MacIntosh for AP, November 25 (thanks to Pamela Geller):
A Muslim woman claims that a Connecticut roller-skating rink discriminated against her because it wouldn’t allow her to skate in her headscarf.
Marisol Rodriguez-Colon, 40, said she was “mortified” when she and another female relative showed up for a niece’s birthday party at the Ron-A-Roll rink in Vernon and were barred at the door.
The venue’s rules, posted at the entrance, read: “No Hats. No Headwear. No Exceptions.”
Colon said her religious hijab shouldn’t count under that policy — and tried to appeal to a rink manager.
“We wear this for religious reasons,” Colon said. “But they didn’t want to hear that.”
The manager, Colon said, gave the women two choices: take off the headscarves, or wear a helmet over them.
Taking off the hijabs was “not an option,” Colon told WTIC-TV in Hartford. […]
Ron-A-Roll management issued a statement spelling out its “no headwear” policy. It said helmets are offered for safety purposes.
“You are not allowed — you are not welcome here. That is what that says to me,” Colon said of the statement.
She said she was insulted that the rink would deny entrance to people “because of what they believe and what they are wearing because of those beliefs.”
The Council on American-Islamic Relations said yesterday it filed a complaint with Connecticut’s Human Rights Commission.
No mention, of course, of the fact that CAIR was named an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terror funding case. CAIR operatives have repeatedly refused to denounce Hamas and Hizballah as terrorist groups. Several of its former officials have been convicted of various crimes related to jihad terror. Two of its other officials have made Islamic supremacist statements. CAIR also was involved in the Flying Imams’ intimidation suit against the passengers who reported their suspicious behavior.
Several years ago, University of Albany student Zahra Shah was barred from wearing her headscarf at an upstate New York roller rink.
That arena, citing insurance reasons, also banned headwear.
An employee at the time told Shah that other skaters could trip and get hurt if the hijab fell off.
When Shah explained that she wore the scarf for religious reasons, one rink employee told her it was like a cowboy “religiously” wearing a cowboy hat.
After a barrage of phone calls from activist groups and others, the rink management apologized and said Shah could skate with her headscarf.
Of course. And so what if someone gets hurt? At least we won’t be “Islamophobic.”