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Hijab in Passport Photos: How far should western countries go in accommodating Muslim beliefs?

  • Because of their visibility, Muslim women who wear hijab face particular exposure to discrimination and have increasingly been targets for harassment in the aftermath of September 11.

    Muslim women should be free to express their religious beliefs— including choosing whether or not to wear headcoverings—free from discrimination and prejudice. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) provides additional protection at the federal level by barring the federal government and its officials from restricting women's ability to practice hijab (either specifically or through generally applicable rules), unless the government can demonstrate that its action was the "least restrictive means" for achieving a "compelling governmental interest

  • Western countries should accomodate Muslim beliefs

    Women should be allowed to wear the hijab in a passport photo if they so choose. It is a representation of their religious beliefs, and most western countries subscribe to the ideal of freedom of religion. This freedom can and should extend to Islam and the people who practice it.

  • Muslim Women should be allowed to wear a hijab in Passport Photos

    Firstly most hijab do not cover a women's face, so there is no threat of misidentification. There is nothing about being accommodating there, the woman simply has a photo of herself in her passport. Secondly I do not see what that is "westerns accommodating muslim beliefs," when there is no threat to security.

  • We should not accommodate Muslim garb at all

    We should not accommodate Muslim garb at all. This is because in matters of security, who cares who gets offended? The purpose is to identify an individual by appearance. You can't do that when you're trying to be "sensitive" about hair covering or covering parts of the face. People need to conform to the needs of government security, not the other way around.


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