(NEW YORK, N.Y., 6/17/2009) – The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) today joined the Sikh Coalition in its request to end a Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) uniform policy that requires Sikh and Muslim transit workers to brand their religious head covering with MTA logos.
The MTA says that the branding is for identification purposes, but civil rights groups say that the policy is not uniformly applied to all head coverings.
SEE: Sikh Transit Workers Protest MTA Logos on Turbans
SEE ALSO: Five More Sikhs to Resist MTA Turban Branding Policy
“A uniform policy that selectively targets Muslim and Sikhs is an affront to the First Amendment right to freedom of religion,” said CAIR-NY Civil Rights Director Aliya Latif. “We ask that the MTA amend its policy by providing an alternative means of identifying workers.”
CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties organization, has 35 offices and chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.
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