ROSEMARY R. REIGLE
The Veil problem
The question we were presented with in this essay is, In England in 2006 a Muslim woman - a British citizen - was removed from her job as s school teacher because she wore a veil. The stated reason was that the veil prevented her from effectively communicating with children. In my opinion, the dismissal of the teacher’s assistant that refused to remove her veil was not only justified, but necessary. One of the great things that set the western world apart is that we have laws that grant everyone personal freedoms to do as they wish as long as those rights are not used to harm other individuals. Great Britain, much like the United States has gone through eras of social problems but wisdom and common sense has always prevailed and rights are granted to all citizens. Taking this into account, we have to realize that the world’s demographics are always shifting and there has been a steady stream of Middle Eastern immigrants into Western Europe. Because the English Bill of rights provides citizens with freedoms that cannot be denied by the government, I think that Aishah Azmi, 23 was only acting in her right by wearing a veil that her religion regards as necessary for moral purposes. The Koran states, Quran (33:59) - "Tell thy wives and thy daughters and the women of the believers to draw their cloaks close round them" so Azmi (the teachers assistant that was fired for her unwillingness to comply with the dress code) was acting in her rights. With this said, there is a big difference between expressing your devotion to your religion by wearing a veil and wearing a veil in a workplace where it may hinder your ability to teach pupils.
A school is not a factory; there are no safety concerns about wearing a veil in a school. The only concern of the head teacher at the Dewsbury School was that the...