A fitting story for Friday the 13th: blinkered multiculturalism on the march in England, as non-muslim students will be forced to submit to the religious dictates of islam:
Female students at a new Islamic school will be made to wear head scarves regardless of their religion, it was revealed yesterday.
The Madani High School in Leicester will be required by law to accept 10 per cent of its 600 pupils from a non-Muslim background.
But girls who are not Muslim will still have to abide by a rule insisting all female pupils cover their heads as part of the uniform.
Assistant principal Zainab Elgaziari said he did not regard the demand as a problem - despite the ongoing row over Muslim women's veils.
He said: 'I can't see why if a student wears a head scarf it should be an issue. It's the same as a shirt or tie - it's just part of our uniform.
'When you go to any school you know what the uniform will be. Like any school, we will have one - and in our case it will include a head scarf.'
When in Rome, do as the Romans do, eh Zainab?
The obvious question to ask, is just how reciprocal this policy might be… am I to seriously expect that Leicester's Christian schools will have the right to make whatever attending muslim children comprising the non-Christian 10%, show up minus their head scarves? After all, "I can't see why if a student doesn't wear a head scarf it should be an issue..."
And just how far does the school have the right to push this policy?
If a non-muslim student’s mother is visiting the school, does she have to bundle up as well? What if it’s career day, and non-muslim female executives drop by to give some encouraging advice; would they have to submit to a head scarf?
From the Daily Mail article:
Yesterday Leicester City Council said it did not believe the scarves would deter non-Muslim parents from sending children to the school.
Looking at Leicester's official website, and seeing the city proclaim itself "The City of Diversity",
I suppose the City Council's prediction just may be accurate. Pity.