News Briefs: Week of October 18, 2010

This week, a Muslim woman is offered her job back after being fired for wearing a headscarf, a six-year-old girl is expelled for punching a boy bullying her choice to wear a headscarf, two Seattle women of Somali descent are attacked at a gas station, and a British Muslim leader declares that there can be no rape in marriage.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Khadijah Campbell, a Muslim saleswoman, was reinstated after being fired for refusing to remove her headscarf. Campbell said that she would not be returning to her position as “the whole thing was very embarrassing.”

The Daily Telegraph reports that a six-year-old Muslim girl had been banned from taking the school bus for ten days after she hit a boy on the bus who had reportedly been teasing and tormenting her for wearing the Muslim headscarf. The child, Iran Ghavami, is the daughter of an Iranian immigrant Karim Ghavami and Lorraine Gerassimopoulus.

The Olympian reported that two Seattle women were attacked at a gas station in Tukwila, Washington. A woman started yelling racial slurs such as “suicide bomber,” kicked one woman and slammed a car door on her leg and pushed the other woman as well. Both women attacked are American citizens of Somali descent.

The Times of India reported that Sheikh Maulana Abu Sayeed, president of the Islamic Sharia Council of Britain, stated that a man cannot rape his wife, as sex is part of marriage in Islam. British law does recognize nonconsensual, forced sex with one’s wife as rape within a marriage.

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