Christian Woman Forced to Remove Headscarf
September 6, 2016
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The DMV in Tuskegee, AL forced a Christian woman to remove her headscarf for her driver’s license photo. The woman was humiliated and ridiculed for her practice, and now the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on her behalf. The state officials argued that only Muslims could have the exception of wearing a headscarf.
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Why this story matters for church leaders:
There are many different Christian traditions and beliefs, including some who wear headscarves, and the future of religious liberty requires taking into account even the smaller religious minorities.
- Are You A Christian? The woman in this story was mocked for being a Christian who wears a headscarf. Are there ways church leaders can open up more dialogue about different beliefs and traditions?
- Wider Implications: When religious liberty is limited to one group, the potential rights of others suffer.
- Removing Cultural Barriers: Are there ways that Christians who wear headscarves can help us better understand the values and beliefs of Muslims?
How would members of your congregation react to a Christian woman wearing a headscarf?
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