09-01-11, 05:35 AM #1
Muslim Woman Barred from Ride
I do wonder if they would let a nun wear her head scarf. But considering Cedar Point and Michigan Adventure both told my son to remove his hat before the rides, I have to think the women should have removed their scarves. I don't think it happened because they are Muslim, I think it happened because they wanted special treatment.
Rye Playland was shut down Tuesday after cops scuffled with Muslims upset that women wearing head scarves were barred from the rides, witnesses said.
Fifteen people, including three women, were charged with disorderly conduct and assault in the chaos, authorities said.
The Westchester County park was packed with Muslims celebrating Eid-ul-Fitr - the holiday marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
One woman, Entisai Ali, began arguing with cops over the amusement park's head scarf, or hijab, rule, said Dena Meawad, 18, of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
The ban, which is not Muslim specific, was imposed about 3 years ago mostly to prevent hats from falling onto the tracks of roller coasters and other rides, park officials said.
"The cops started getting loud with her and she started getting loud, too. They pushed her on the ground and arrested her," Meawad said.
Her cousin, Kareem Meawad, 17, went to try to protect the woman and was beaten by cops and also arrested, she added. Her brother, Issam Meawad, 20, was pushed to the ground and taken into custody when he tried to help his cousin, she said.
"She just wanted to get on a ride. That was it," Dena Meawad said of the initial confrontation. "It's clear, this all happened because we're Muslim."...
09-01-11, 05:39 AM #2
what religious and cultural significance does your sons hat have?
What if they told you in order to go on the ride you would have to go topless?
would you concider that equivilant of making your son take his hat off?
09-01-11, 05:44 AM #3
They asked my son (and all other head covering wearers) to remove it due to ride safety. They asked the women to do it for the same reason. It had nothing to do with religion.
what on earth does removing a shirt have to do with this scenario???
09-01-11, 05:49 AM #4
Why do you wear a shirt and bra everywhere? I bet its more than just "its fashionable"
To a muslim women who wears the head scarf its the same reasons you cover your breasts.
09-01-11, 05:56 AM #5
she can wear it for religious reasons and they can bar her from the ride for safety reasons. Some people handle snakes for religious reasons. Doesn't mean they can do it on the ride.
09-01-11, 06:02 AM #6
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09-01-11, 06:30 AM #8
Nuns rarely wear habits anymore. They walk around now looking like homely dykes or environmentalist folk singers. I like the habit, too bad they've modernized.
I think its ridiculous to ban a muslim woman from wearing her head scarf to an amusement park. But then again I wonder how she would keep it harnessed during the roller coaster ride.
09-01-11, 06:40 AM #9
Are there any restrictions on clothing other than the headscarf for rides in the US? I can understand hats and caps since they are not tied and can fly off. Has there been an incident where a headscarf has caused injury?
For example at al Shallal in Saudi Arabia?
09-01-11, 07:07 AM #10
The fair solution would be to design new clothing which complies with both the safety rules and religious requirements, as was done recently with female soccer hijabs. Note however that in practicality we can only go so far with this kind of accomodation- expecting that conservative Muslim women should be able to do everything that secular women do while covered from head to toe in loose robes just won't fly, even if certain folks would like to tell you otherwise.
Last edited by CptBork; 09-01-11 at 07:17 AM.
09-01-11, 07:08 AM #11
09-01-11, 07:14 AM #12
How do they keep them from flying off - the way its worn.
[you can see other methods on the sidebar]
Originally Posted by Capt Bork
Last edited by S.A.M.; 09-01-11 at 07:20 AM.
09-01-11, 07:28 AM #13
09-01-11, 07:32 AM #14
They should've pinned it for you. Beginners don't know how to walk in a sari and invariably step on the pleats pulling them out of the skirt. Once you wear it regularly, its easy enough that you don't need the pins.
Sometimes I feel many of the problems about Muslims come from lack of knowledge about them. Maybe that woman who was kicked off the ride could offer demos of scarf fashions in her locality so people would become aware of how much of an accessory it is and what logistics are involved in pinning and tying it.
09-01-11, 07:34 AM #15
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09-01-11, 07:43 AM #18
Accidents don't happen often in well-regulated amusement parks, but when they do happen it's very ugly and tragic, and it's the worst possible environment for these kinds of things to happen. Nonetheless I believe a reasonable accomodation is possible and will probably be reached once this issue becomes more prominent in the public consciousness. The Muslims for their part need to get down to the hard business of designing and engineering appropriate garb for the occasion, so that will have the nice side effect of generating another line of business for clothes retailers in tough economic times.
09-01-11, 07:43 AM #19
If they banned people for wearing these on rides, it would eliminate at least a quarter of the population here.
Originally Posted by Capt Bork
or just go to google: The Sports Hijab proves as popular as the Burkini.
Btw, I have it from a reliable source that the burkini has become popular with many non-Muslim women
Last edited by S.A.M.; 09-01-11 at 07:49 AM.
09-01-11, 07:49 AM #20
And the head scarf is easier to secure. You're right about the sari, its a lot of fabric and much more difficult to navigate, this is why its impressive for me to watch bollywood films where women dance and prance around with grace in their saris. There is no equivalent, absolutely none, in contemporary western clothing fair to prepare a woman for a sari.
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