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February 11, 2005

Fashion Sense

Here’s an interesting story.

Bullitt Central High School, Shephersdville, Kentucky. Two students are allowed to violate the schools strict dress code. Why? Because the school decides that the federal government’s protection of religious garments supercede their local dress code, allowing the two girls to wear Muslim hijab headscarves.

Some white kid decides that this is a grave injustice (teachers scolded him when he wore the wrong kind of shirt to school), so he protests by wearing “a T-shirt with the words ‘FBI’ and ‘Firm Believer In Christ’ on it.” Not surprisingly, the school told the kid that it was unappropriate. His mother then took him out of school (although it’s possible that this was partially due to other conflicts with the administration), and the boy and his mother began protesting outside the school.

After several days, boy and mom were joined by the Klan.

As the Ku Klux Klan is known for their, decades of attacks against non-white people, it would be easy to see this as an attack on two Muslim girls. But nothing could be further from the truth. You see, the Klan is just ultra-sensitive garment discrimination, due to the mockery that their own garb receives in public. Therefore these daring, costumed rednecks decided to fight like lily-white tigers alongside the white boy and his white mother.

Boy and mother then say that things “went too far”, and that they had never wanted the Klan to get involved. Fucking whatever.

Utterly bizarre, isn’t it? Two girls who just want to wear headscarves and go to school inspire such anger in one boy that he lashes out against his school, and such hate in the local bigots that they show up in their Klan robes and wave Confederate flags.

I was very pleased to see that the school’s students seemed to back the Muslim students, launching counterprotests against the KKK and posted messages of tolerance on their school marquee.

I liked this bit:

[Student Cayce Deaver] said that when she participated in a counterprotest last week with other students, she spoke with protesters standing with [boy and mom] and told them that federal law protected the Muslim students’ cultural dress.

“They said I didn’t understand because I didn’t have white pride,” Cayce said.

“I said, ‘I have American pride.’ “

There’s an awful lot wrong with America, but Cayce and her pals are part of what’s right with it.

[via Orcinus]

Posted by Jake on February 11, 2005 10:26 pm

4 Comments »

  1. Are you kiding me? You think this was an anti-muslim protest? Hell, I would have reacted the same way if I saw that a minority group was being allowed to flaunt their religion while everyone else was restricted from doing so. And I’m a hardcore agnostic. I don’t have any strong religious beliefs, so my frustration would be because once again, one group was getting preferential treatment over others.

    It doesn’t matter that they were minorities, this kind of behavior is shameful no matter who is involved. And if you can’t see that, than you are part of the problem.

    Yes, it’s regretful that the Klan decided to get involved, but I doubt that was at the behest of the parent and child protestors. Even if it was that doesn’t change the fact that this was a disgraceful course of action for the school to take.

    Comment by Rob — February 12, 2005 @ 11:45 pm

  2. How the fuck were those girls ‘flaunting their religion?’ Is any Christian student forbidden from wearing a crucifix? Or are Jewish students forbidden from wearing yarmulkes? The bullshit hypocracy of some people is just sad, and the idea that Christian Americans are being deprived of their rights is beyond lame. Anytime the US wants to join the 21st century won’t be soon enough.

    Comment by jr — February 13, 2005 @ 9:54 pm

  3. Well, France has bee grappling with this for
    the past year or two. Head scarves are forbidden,
    as is the overt wearing of religious-themed
    jewelry (such items can be worn under clothing.
    France pretty much took an across-the-board
    approach. No one gets favored, and everyone gets
    pissed off.

    Comment by Grace Nearing — February 14, 2005 @ 4:44 pm

  4. Grace, can Jewish students hide their yarmulkes under their clothing? Or Muslim students hide their veils? Isn’t it the height of hypocracy to ban such overt symbols of Non-Christian faith, while allowing Christians to skirt the ban by wearing a crucifix under a sweater? Where is the parity here? No one gets favored? Not the way I see it.

    Comment by jr — February 14, 2005 @ 9:14 pm

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