A Muslim woman in Maryland was asked last weekend to do her banking in a back room because her head scarf (hijab) violated a credit union’s “no hats, hoods or sunglasses” policy. Presumably, it’s a security policy that aims to thwart robberies and identity theft, not another attempt to tighten credit.

Note to Navy Federal Credit Union: A hijab is not a hat or a hood. A hijab is long scarf worn for religious reasons to cover a Muslim woman’s hair and neck but not her face. It’s much the same way — and for the same reason — that Mennonite, Amish, Brethren and Hutterite Christian women cover their heads. More on the hijab later.

The Navy Federal policy doesn’t make exceptions for Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, Catholics or other people of faith who often cover their heads for religious reasons. “There’s got to be a way to work it out so that this security concern does not lead to violations of constitutional rights,” Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, told Post reporter Matt Zapotosky.

There is. It’s called common sense. (MORE)


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