My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Does she really deserve $7,400????

Did she really need to be awarded damages???
A student at a Landskrona secondary school in southern Sweden has been awarded damages for being told not to wear an Islamic headscarf.

The Swedish Ombudsman against Discrimination (DO) has ruled that student was the subject of discrimination.

The three local councils that share the operation of the school have reached a compromise agreement with the ombudsman over a compensation payment amounting to 100,000 kronor ($7,400), according to local newspaper Helsingborgs Dagblad.

The student attends a hotel and catering course and the course involves a period of work experience at a hotel. But the hotel refused to accept that the girl wore a headscarf.

Staff at the school tried to persuade the girl to remove her headscarf. According to the school they did this out of concern for the her well-being and that they wanted to explain to her about the hotel industry in Sweden.

The school's management accepts that it has made a mistake. The hotel has since changed its regulations and now allows students on work experience to wear a head scarf or 'slöja', which in common parlance is often used to describe all sorts of female Islamic head coverings, including those that just cover the hair.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is hardly in the equation at this point. This is about daring to question Islam.

In a word NO!!!

12:49 PM  
Blogger kursk said...

Isn't being forced to wear a Hijab in and of itself discrimination, considering that nowhere in the Koran is the compulsory wearing of such head coverings mandated?

Isn't dressing in an Islamic fashion self discrimination in a Judaeo Christian/secular society?

1:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

kursk- There is no indication that she was forced to wear the hijab- from which information are you making that assumption?
And your right about the Koran part but that is besides the point.

To answer you next question- the hijab has become a political symbol- often as a symbol of restitence. Conservatives go crazy at the mere mention of them so obviously they are working.

It's very interesting though when one goes to Muslim countries such as Tunisia and look at a high school- hijab wearers never number more then a third of the young women and often much less then a fifth. There is often much more hijabs present in a Europeam context. The more backlash against them the more women are going to start wearing them- young teenagers always like to rebel- way it goes.

1:18 PM  

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