Friday Links — July 17, 2009

  • Hundreds of the men, women, and children killed in the Srebrencia massacre have finally been buried. May Allah grant them peace and justice.
  • The Boston Globe profiles Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, Iran’s youngest parliament member who is currently a visiting professor in the U.S.

  • Muffy

    Even if the Oregon law passed, it would almost certainly be challenged in court and most likely struck down. A teacher named Brenda Nichol was dismissed for wearing a cross to school, sued with help from the ACLU, and won the suit.

    This proposed law in Oregon is downright irresponsible. Not only is it wrong from a moral standpoint, but also from a legal one. The Oregon legislature shouldn’t waste its time supporting a law that will most likely bog down the government with legal challenges.

  • Muffy

    As an an edit to what I said before, it appears that Oregon Law already bans religious garbs for public workers and that this proposed law will actually make things better — namely, it will only ban teachers from wearing the religious garb, but allow other state workers to wear it. Apparently the reason teachers aren’t allowed to wear it is due to an archaic anti-Catholic law.

    Still, the ACLU should challenge the Oregon law.

  • Dude

    Oregon law may deny teachers the right to wear “religious headcovering.”

    Just as an FYI, this link is to PRWeb, which is merely a repository of press releases (and in many cases, they’re written up to sound like news articles).

  • http://muslimahmediawatch.org/ Fatemeh

    @ Dude: I know. I hadn’t found any actual news stories. I didn’t see anything wrong with using this.

  • Zahra

    The Boston Globe article on Fatemeh Haghighatjoo is very interesting–I liked the women’s studies scholar who made the point that Iran has a tradition of women speaking out in public life, lessening the “exception that proves the oppressive rule” we see so often in US media profiles of Muslim women.

    But I really would have liked to hear more about how she thought the cartoons her daughters watches in the US instill democratic values; it seemed like interesting media criticism, but we never got to hear her point. As it was the journalist seemed to wrap all her points about what she liked about her daughter’s education in the US into the usual pat-on-the-back about the West’s superior egalitarian traditions, blah blah blah.

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