As a kid, you always loved to go on field trips. To make it even more special, if your mom or dad accompanied you as a volunteer. It made you feel so special. Now imagine, if your mom volunteered to go on the field trip, but on the day of was humiliated by your teacher and told to go back home because she did not meet the norm. It would be heart-breaking and a total embarrassment.
In a news story covered by the National, something of the sort took place in France to our victim in question, Amina. She had a headscarf on her head on the morning of the field trip and was confronted by the teacher to go back home and that she should respect the norm of the French society.
France’s 2004 law banned girls from wearing headscarf’s in state schools. The question raised here was that the daughter was not even wearing a hijab, only Amina was. The teacher’s argument was not even valid at this point because Amina was not even breaking the law. Yet, she still had to suffer the embarrassment.
This article also informs us of a teenage girl in France who attempted to commit suicide because her hijab was ripped off by some skinheads. The question I ask is that how we humans push someone to the point of having the thought of killing themselves to end the humiliation. Where has our decency gone?
The government talks so much about the fact that politics will not get in the way of one’s religion. Yet, in the world today, religious outcries happen due to political discrepancies. The war between religion and the law (politics) will never subside, and for those who practice it, there will at no time be a middle ground. This society has become of one that judges people by the color of their skin and what they wear and not by their actions that may benefit the society
Amina’s actions were meant to be polite. Being a volunteer is not hard, but taking the time out to do something for someone is what makes the difference. Amina went to do the right thing, yet she was judged for wearing a hijab. You give us the right to practice our religion, yet complain about why we are doing something out of the ordinary. Why create a law that affects the peoples’ constitutional rights and their right to religious freedom. Don’t give them the right, then take it back thinking it would be alright.