Editorial on Religious Freedom Controversies in NYC

June 25, 2004

Source: Newsday


On June 25, 2004 Newsday provided an editorial concerning recent religious freedom controversies in NYC. It was reported, "The New York Police Department is not alone in its disregard for religious freedom. Now comes NYC Transit, which reassigned a Sikh subway motorman, Kevin Harrington, after he refused to replace his turban with a department-issued cap. When will public officials learn that constitutional rights should supersede a dress code? The implication for public policy couldn't be clearer: In the clash between appearance and religious freedom, the latter must prevail."