Good News from London. From the BBC
A school which was told it unlawfully excluded a Muslim pupil for wearing a traditional gown has won its appeal at the House of Lords.
The Court of Appeal had said Denbigh High School had denied Shabina Begum the right to manifest her religion in refusing to allow her to wear a jilbab.
But in a unanimous ruling, judges at the House of Lords overturned that.
They said the school had "taken immense pains to devise a uniform policy which respected Muslim beliefs". It had done so "in an inclusive, unthreatening and uncompetitive way". They said: "The rules laid down were as far from being mindless as uniform rules could ever be." They added: "It appeared the rules were acceptable to mainstream Muslim opinion." .............Lord Bingham ruled that the two-year interruption of Begum's schooling was the result of her "unwillingness to comply with a rule to which the school was entitled to adhere".
In the report from The Times Lord Bingham said the school was fully justified in acting as it did when it sent Shabina Begum, then 14, home for refusing to adhere to the school uniform policy.
Lord Bingham said that the rules were acceptable to mainstream Muslim opinion and it was was feared that acceding to Shabina’s request would or might have significant adverse repercussions.
"It would, in my opinion, be irresponsible for any court, lacking the experience, background and detailed knowledge of the headteacher, staff and governors, to overrule their judgment on a matter as sensitive as this," said Lord Bingham.......
......Miss Begum told Sky News outside the House of Lords that the decision was "very upsetting" but she hoped that she had given others the chance to stand up for their religious beliefs.
Asked if she would take the case further through an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights, she replied: "I'm doing my A levels at the moment, but where I go, we're not sure yet. We're not sure if will take it to the European Court or not."
"We" being her brothers and their Wahabi paymasters.
Thank the Lord, and the Law Lords for common sense.
And that's a little more paid off the Blair mortgages.
Shabina in her Jilbab.
A shalwar kameez, also worn by Hindu and Sikh women and thus "not Islamic" enough for young Shabina.
We've both blogged the same item, but you have a different angle on it and more pictures. Great news.