Team Wears Hijab Headscarves in Support of Muslim Teammate Banned from Match

After watching their teammate get turned away due in part to her religious beliefs, the rest of the Overland High School girls soccer team in Aurora, Colo., displayed the true meaning of unity.

After watching their teammate get turned away due in part to her religious beliefs, the rest of the Overland High School girls soccer team in Aurora, Colo., displayed the true meaning of unity.
‘@DivineDavis’ tweeted:
“the refs wouldn’t let Samah play with her hijab so today we all wore one for the game #lovemyteam#letsamahplay ⚽⚽👌 “

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7 comments

  1. Covering women’s hair, in any religion, is a way to suppress and control them. There is no kindness in this request from women.
    While the girls’ act of friendship is noble, It’s a shame these girls don’t understand this, and it’s a shame you posted this.

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts 🙂

      I think that in this case, from our perspective, the most important thing is the sisterhood shown by these women and the kindness their friend received.

      That is our sole focus…

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    2. I think you are right, but all to often we forget that female visitors to the Vatican have to cover their heads (with a scarf, I believe). Most countries in Europe let girls play soccer with their hijab on, as long as it’s not flapping around.

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        1. Other countries can learn from us, but can’t we sometimes learn from other countries? If wearing a hijab is truly the girl’s choice, I see no problem. Unfortunately most often they are not free to choose whether to wear it or not. On the other hand, having women cover their heads when visiting the Vatican is also a way to suppress and control women which nobody seems to object to.. I still support the actions of solidarityof the Aurora girls.

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  2. I see both points, but to me standing up against intolerance is the key message. If the offended player saw the Hijab itself as an affront and chose not to wear it as a result, the solidarity against those who would make her wear it would be equally appropriate. I guess the key message I take away is standing up against someone who was using power to cause her to stop doing something she wanted to do (or at least felt obligated to do). With that said, I am all for women having equal rights and do not disagree at all with what Tasty Eats Ronit Penso is saying, as she is right on the money. I especially decry when religion is used to put women or others down out of old customs. Good points all around. Thanks, BTG

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