Wednesday, March 22, 2006

A small victory

Shabina Begum has lost her appeal to the Lords against the ruling that her school was right to demand that she wear approved uniformed rather than the jilbab. This fight had little to do with religious freedom - her school has a uniform policy that clearly meets the needs of all the other Muslim pupils. Begum was pushing things to the extreme and quite rightly the school won.

The most interesting aspect of the whole story is the degree to which leading members of the establishment, including Cherie Blair, supported Begum. Again it just prompts the question, where is this Islamophobia that's supposed to be sweeping the country?

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