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Friday 31 October  

Court allows Dutch school to ban headscarves

Published on 6 September 2011 - 7:00pm
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An Amsterdam court has ruled that the Roman Catholic Don Bosco College in Volendam is within its rights to ban one of its students from wearing a headscarf.

Imane Mahssan took the school to court after it ordered her to stop wearing a headscarf. The court sided with the school.

It ruled that Catholic institutions can generally make their own decisions in matters of religion, as long as they are consistent. The Muslim student knew beforehand that Don Bosco College was a Catholic school and should have realised that wearing a headscarf would cause problems.

The Dutch Equality Commission earlier ruled that such a ban constituted discrimination, while a magistrate in Haarlem disagreed. The Amsterdam court has now confirmed the lower court’s judgment.

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Katharina Sri (ex Noor Aza) 7 September 2011 - 2:53pm / Everyone has to bow to Muslims like SLAVES!

This Muslim girl, I suspect purposely went to the Catholic school, on the marching orders of Muslim fanatics and terrorists, to cause trouble with Christians in this PRIVATE Christian school, besides trying to make money out of civil suit if they won - typical strategy everywhere now! I cannot imagine Christians or Jews being allowed to openly practise their faith, including by wearing the Cross or reading the Bible in a Muslim school. That's why, I would suggest Christians to display their Cross openly in the public everywhere since Muslims are allowed to wear the Arabic-Islamic veil everywhere in public - it really annoys the Muslim fanatics/terrorists since they thought Christians have become cowards; besides their typical hatred of the our dear Lord Jesus Christ's Cross! But the Cross is also our Saviour's protection against such Muslim hatred and harassment - including the normalized sexual harassment by macho and sadist Muslim males, even in the West now - who regard women/girls like animals, only good enough for sex and breeding!

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rabidhornfan 7 September 2011 - 2:05pm / USA/Netherlands

I think the school is correct. Privately funded schools should be able to make its own rules regarding conduct, attire, etc. Publicly and government funded schools don't have these same capabilities. She chose to attend a private school, she should adhere to their rules.

Osita 6 September 2011 - 10:01pm / NL

The girl should have worn a nun's veil (head) and wimple (neck covering), and how could they have rejected such a very Catholic gesture of religious modesty? after all, nuns in Europe have dressed, covered from head to toe, for centuries.

Anonymous 8 September 2011 - 2:56am

Actually, a nun would be in a convent or would be doing some apostolic work and not necessarily wearing a veil. She would generally be at least 18 years of age, which means she has already completed high-school. She would not be attending elementary school, middle school, or high-school - as you suppose.

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