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Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/18/2011

Md. girl benched because of headscarf

By Associated Press

Organizers of a girls basketball league say a player was forced to miss the first half of a game in Mount Airy over the weekend because her Muslim headscarf prompted safety concerns.

Jim Shannon of the Mid-Maryland Girls Basketball league tells the Frederick News-Post that an official initially barred the girl from playing because the headscarf wraps around the neck.

He says the middle-school-aged girl was allowed to return for the second half after her parents agreed to be responsible for any injuries caused by the headscarf, known as a hijab.

League coordinator Daphnie Campbell says she plans to add language to the league's by-laws allowing for such religious expressions as long as parents assume responsibility for any risk.

By Associated Press  | January 18, 2011; 11:07 AM ET
Categories:  Education, Maryland  
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Wow, in this PC world, I can see a lawsuit coming and the taxpayers of the P R of Maryland will be paying.


Posted by: mortified469 | January 18, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

As long as it's not blocking her vision or flapping about, I don't see how it could cause any harm to anyone. This just seems silly.

Posted by: futbolclif | January 18, 2011 12:16 PM | Report abuse

A team member who has to worry about their head being covered detracts from their ability to concentrate on playing the game.
I'm sure that this all wise and mercifull Allah would accept her no wearing a headscarf during the game.

Posted by: localgoober | January 18, 2011 12:57 PM | Report abuse

I doubt God considers basketball more important than honoring religious commandments. If you take a look at this website on the history of women's basketball, you'll see early players all wore headcoverings and a great deal more clothing than they do now. Just because we don't do it now doesn't mean it can't be done.
http://www.womensbasketballmuseum.com/

Posted by: Terrie_Bittner | January 18, 2011 1:23 PM | Report abuse

For the person who felt God would excuse her from the rules for the game: I doubt God considers basketball more important than honoring religious commandments. If you take a look at this website on the history of women's basketball, you'll see early players all wore headcoverings and a great deal more clothing than they do now. Just because we don't do it now doesn't mean it can't be done.
http://www.womensbasketballmuseum.com/

Posted by: Terrie_Bittner | January 18, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

so I suppose we are also going to allow her to drop to her knees at some point during a game to pray......but yet, we are not allowed to pray in school anymore. Just sayin, I think bowing down and bending the rules for certain people is ridiculous, they certainly do not do it for us, they behead us instead, or throw us in jail for some insane reason that justifies the imprisonment.

Posted by: stinkdog | January 18, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse

I believe the initial concern was that it was wrapped around her neck, which could pose a safety issue if someone accidently snagged it.

Posted by: HappyArmyWife | January 18, 2011 2:47 PM | Report abuse


The parents sound like religious extremists and they should go home to whatever nasty, dirty country they're from.

Posted by: kenk33 | January 18, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

You cannot wear chains because they could choke you, but also, another player could get wrapped up in it (causing finger and hand injuries).

Are the parents taking on all liability for their child and all others?

Sports ahve uniforms. If you can't wear teh uniform, don't play. FIFA allows islamic females to wear headscarves, but no other player can. It "allows" girls to play.. by changing the rules.

Religion and sports: keep them separate. Don't thank your god for that touchdown. It's a game, not a shrine.

Posted by: Greent | January 18, 2011 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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