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Friday, 30 March 2007
Muslim Lawsuits Proliferating Like Dandelions in the Spring

With sunglasses to boot. This story is from the Detroit News with hat tip to LGF:

A Muslim woman who was told she had to remove her veil if she wanted to testify in 31st District Court in Hamtramck filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the judge who made the ruling.

Ginnah Muhammad filed the complaint against Judge Paul Paruk, alleging he violated her religious rights and denied her equal access to the courts.

Muhammad had gone to small claims court last October in a dispute with a car rental company when Paruk said she could not testify unless she removed her veil, the lawsuit alleges.

"If in fact, you do not wish to do it, then I cannot go forward with your case and I have to dismiss your case," Paruk told the woman, according to a transcript attached to the complaint filed by Dearborn Heights lawyer Nabih Ayad.

Muhammad refused and Paruk dismissed the case, the lawsuit alleges.

Paruk did not return a phone call.

"I'm a human being and I wanted to come to court to get justice," Muhammad said at a news conference Wednesday outside the federal courthouse in Detroit.

"When I walked out, I just really felt empty, like the courts didn't care about me."

Ms. Muhammad, I hate to break this to you, but our courts aren't there to care about you. Our judges really try to dispense impartial justice which means you have to appear in court like everybody else - not covered in that idiotic and demeaning niqab - so the judge, who is trying to determine the veracity of your statements, can see your face and hear what you have to say.

Posted on 03/30/2007 7:39 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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