UK: Muslim parents suing Greek Orthodox school for banning hijab
Here again we see an attempt by Muslims to force non-Muslims to change the way they operate their institutions in order to accommodate Islamic law. There are numerous initiatives of this kind going on in the U.S., Britain and Europe, and their underlying goal is always the same: to establish and reinforce the principle that whenever Islamic law and Western law and custom conflict, it is Western law and custom that must give way.
"Muslim family taking Thornton Heath Greek Orthodox school to High Court over hijab ban," by Gareth Davies for the Croydon Advertiser, December 21 (thanks to Palamas):
A GREEK Orthodox school is being taken to the High Court for banning a Muslim pupil from wearing a headscarf. The nine-year-old girl's parents were so incensed at the decision they have pulled her out of St Cyprian's Greek Orthodox Primary Academy, in Thornton Heath.
Now they have applied to the High Court in an attempt to force the school – the only one of its kind in the country – to reverse its ban on their daughter wearing a hijab.
The parents believe it would be a sin for her head to be uncovered because she has reached puberty and is in the presence of male teachers.
Head teacher Kate Magliocco said the uniform policy was made clear to the parents when the girl arrived in Year 3.
It was not until she moved into Year 5 in September that they wanted their daughter to start wearing a hijab, a traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women which represents the Islamic principle of modesty.
Her parents complained to the governing body, which upheld the ban with the support of the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.
Mrs Magliocco said: "The school is being taken to the High Court by parents of a Muslim girl.
"They believe that, because she is nine, she has reached puberty and it would be a sin for her not to be covered because the school has male teachers.
"The decision not to allow her to wear a headscarf was taken by the governing body. The school has a very particular uniform policy which is shared with parents and, as head, I must follow the plan.
"The pupil in question came to us from a private school. Her parents actively chose us and, before she arrived, we held a meeting which included details of the uniform plan. We are the only Greek Orthodox Primary School in the whole country. The parents actively sought our school. They must have done so with their eyes open."...