Rehana Khan, a 24-year-old Muslim woman, was arrested in Chicago on October 15. She and four other people were demonstrating in Arlington Heights in support of immigrant rights. Khan was charged with battery and resisting arrest, and she's accused of hitting a female officer. During processing at the police station, Ms. Khan's scarf was removed (normal practice and done for safety reasons). Not surprisingly, this incident has outraged some Muslims. CAIR held a news conference in which they demanded that the Attorney General drop all charges against Khan, and the arresting officers be disciplined. Dream on, CAIR.
“For Muslim women who wear it, removing the hijab in such a manner is equivalent to a forced state of nudity,” said CAIR-Chicago Civil Rights Coordinator Christina Abraham.
How about not assaulting a cop in the first place? At MSNBC, Tucker Carlson interviewed Ahmed Rehab, the spokesman for the Chicago CAIR about this (scroll down the page about halfway). Carlson gives it pretty good to Mr. Rehab:
CARLSON: She may have that—I don‘t know. You seem to be making up your own rules, but the rules in America are she may have that right, but she forfeits it when she punches a cop, as she did. So she no longer has that right to do whatever she wants.
REHAB: And if she tells the officer not to remove the scarf because she has it on for religious reasons, then that officer has to respect her civil right to dress the way she wants and to practice her religion because she‘s not...
CARLSON: You can say that all you want. I can say, “I‘m carrying my sacred handgun. And to take it away from me, you‘d be violating my religious rights.” And you know what I mean? “I‘m going to sue you.” OK, fine. But the cops are still going to say, look, that‘s a threat to my safety. I‘m sorry. You may say that‘s your religious right, but I feel it‘s a threat. OK? So you know, we have conflicting interests.
REHAB: See, that‘s the difference...
CARLSON: And in a secular society the secular interest, the interest of safety wins. I‘m sorry.
Don't apologize, Tucker. CAIR and Ms. Khan should be apologizing for wasting taxpayer's dollars That the Police Department and the Attorney General office have to respond to this is ludicrous. Surely CAIR has more pressing concerns than this. Only in America.
More about Ahmed Rehab and his writings here.