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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

"Philadelphia Tells Muslim Police to Trim Beards or Lose Jobs"

According to Bloomberg, "Philadelphia police officer Kenneth Wallace... is serving his second month-long suspension for refusing to shave. Wallace, a 31-year-old Muslim, has asked for an arbitration hearing to challenge the department's 1/4-inch limit on the length of beards."

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "You don't wear religion on your face...You wear it in your heart and mind.''

As for Muslim women on the force, they are "still barred from wearing the scarf known as khimar or hijab." Apparently the Department "said the scarf posed a safety risk because it could be grabbed by a suspect."

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