For John, BLUF: It is sort of like the story of Fitchburg resident Joseph Palmer. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Cleaning up some old draft posts, here we have a Tinker to Evers to Chance moment. This started, for me, with a post by Law Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds. This led to The College Fix and "Univ. of Missouri prof arrested for dragging hijab-less teenage girl by the hair". But, of course, there are the Brits still keeping an eye on us, with The Daily Mail giving us "University of Missouri assistant professor charged with 'violently grabbing 14-year-old relative by the hair and dragging her out of school for not wearing hijab'". And, finally, from the local [Columbia, Missouri] newspaper we have "Man arrested on suspicion of abusing Hickman student".
Frankly, I am not hard over on wearing of the hijab. It is a sign of modesty, but not as extreme as a Burka, which removes identity, which is incompatible with our Western Culture.♠ I am not as hard over as the French on this.♥ And, if you don't wish to interact where your identity is needed, I don't care what you do in your own little acre. What I found unacceptable in this incident was the idea that someone would physically accost another person, even if a younger person, for not wearing this or that religious garb or other indicator. Back to Saint Francis. "Preach the gospel, and if necessary, use words." Example, not cohersion.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Our Western culture allows freedom, within certain limits. People are expected to wear (sufficient) cloths in school that do not distract from the learning experience.
♥ The French has a very strict secular view on this kind of thing and find it objectionable.