The Right to Wear the Hijab

The Columbia Daily Tribune is reporting that Youssif Omar was arrested after dragging a female relative out of a Missouri classroom. The man grabbed the girl by her hair and dragged her down a flight of stairs to the parking lot.

Youssif Z. Omar was at the school and noticed a 14-year-old female family member was not wearing a hijab, a traditional headscarf that some Muslim women wear. Omar became irate, Stroer said, grabbed the girl “very violently by the hair” and pulled her outside and down a flight of stairs.

Omar allegedly slapped the girl’s face and pulled her into his car by her hair, [Officer] Stroer said. Police arrested Omar on suspicion of child abuse, a felony, at 5:10 p.m. Wednesday at his residence . . ..  He was released from the Boone County Jail after posting a $4,500 bond.

. . .which seems a little low for a violent felony, but what do I know.

I was reminded of our President’s First Apology Tour, and the speech he gave at al-Azhar Universary in Cairo in 2009, bragging that

the U.S. government has gone to court to protect the right of women and girls to wear the hijab, and to punish those who would deny it.

Further blather followed, about how the whole world must work to insure equality, but Mr. Obama’s primary concern was that women should be free to prematurely don their shrouds if they want to. Apparently the message was received in Missouri.

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