Editorial: Religious Differences and Law Enforcement

August 19, 2003

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer


On August 19, 2003 the Philadelphia Inquirer printed an editorial stating that "around the United States increasing numbers of employers - including law enforcers - have concluded there is no good reason for denying religious expression on-the-job, such as female Muslim workers wearing the head covering some consider intrinsic to their faith... In Chicago's Cook County last year, the sheriff's department allowed female Muslim officers to wear hijabs and male Jewish officers to wear yarmulkes... Reasonable accommodations such as that are the right thing for America, especially after 9/11. The sight of an obviously Muslim officer on an American police force should make this country feel good about itself and the freedom it allows."