RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE & INFORMATION
News items for 2006-September
2006-SEP-04: MI: County changed its pool policy to
accommodate Muslim women: Jumanah Saadeh, 14, an Ann Arbor girl, is a Muslim
and follows the teaching of Islam to cover her hair and the rest of her body
when in public. During a field trip to the Rolling Hills Water Park in
Ypsilanti, she wore nylon pants, a full-sleeve collared shirt, and her Hijab.
She was ordered out of the pool for violating swimsuit policies. With support
from her teacher, Muslim leaders and a civil rights attorney, she persuaded
Washtenaw County to change its pool policy to accommodate Muslim women who want
to cover themselves while swimming. Jumanah said:
"I felt humiliated and disappointed because I was denied
an opportunity to have fun with my friends just because I'm Muslim. ...
When a girl reaches a certain age, you have to treat your body like a
jewel. You don't show it off."
According to Muslim leaders, this is the first case of its
kind in Michigan, and perhaps the first in the U.S.
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- Niraj Warikoo, "Policy lets Muslims cover up in pools. Washtenaw County's change helps women to take plunge,"
Detroit Free Press, 2006-SEP-04, at:
Copyright © 2006 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2006-SEP-05
Latest update: 2006-SEP-05
Compiler: B.A. Robinson