- Rights: “Religious liberty, or freedom of conscience, is a basic and inalienable right founded on the inviolable dignity of the person. In a society as religiously diverse as the United States, it is essential that schools emphasize that the rights guaranteed by the Constitution are for citizens of all faiths and none.”
- Responsibilities: “Religious liberty is not only a universal right, but it also depends upon a universal responsibility to respect that right for others, treating others as we ourselves desire to be treated. All citizens must recognize the inseparable link between the preservation of their own constitutional rights and their responsibility as citizens to defend those rights for all others.”
- Respect: “Debate and disagreement are vital to classroom discussion and a key element of preparation for citizenship in a democracy. Yet, if we are to live with our differences, particularly our religious differences, how we debate, and not only what we debate, is critical. At the heart of good citizenship is a strong commitment to the civic values that enable people with diverse religious and philosophical perspectives to treat one another with respect and civility.”
- Is there a dress code at your school?
- If there is a dress code, how does it balance the rights of individuals with their responsibilities to civic society?
- Hijab is a very visible expression of religious conviction. What are some other public expressions of religious or atheistic identity? (Answers might include: jewelry with religious significance, such as crosses; restricted diets, such as kosher or halal; or celebratory prayers at sporting events.)
- Do you think hijab or other expressions of religious identity are discussed with respect in your community? How could community members increase respect in the discussion? (Answers may include: a suggestion to spend informal time, such as meals, with members of a different faith or atheists; classroom education about public expressions of faith or atheism; or engaging in an art, such as a style of music, associated with a religion or spiritual movement.)
How have governments reacted to hijab?
- Canada: After a long battle, the Canadian government decided not to pursue a ban on wearing hijab during immigration ceremonies.
- France: French mayors have banned full-body swimsuits known as “burkinis” from beaches, citing public order concerns.
- United States: Women in hijab represent the United States in government, business, and sports.
- Iran: Women are required to wear hijab, although what constitutes "proper hijab" is widely debated.
- Turkey: Hijab may be part of a police officer's uniform, although it is not required.
questionable or leading to argument.
(1791) update to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting government from interfering with freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, and freedom to petition the government.
organized movement or belief that advocates strict adherence to a religious doctrine and sacred text.
system or order of a nation, state, or other political unit.
Islamic concept of modesty and privacy, usually expressed by women's clothing.
person who moves to a new country or region.
to combine, unite, or bring together.
religion based on the words and philosophy of the prophet Mohammed.
refusing to draw attention to oneself.
holy book of the Islamic religion.
beliefs, customs, and cultural characteristics handed down from one generation to the next.
honor, adoration, or glorification, usually to a religious god.