The Washington Post today reports that a Muslim woman was pulled out of line at a Southern Maryland Credit Union, because she was wearing a headscarf, in violation of the credit union’s policy of “no hats, hoods or sunglasses.” She was served in a back room.
“This may be the tip of the iceberg,” said Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations. “There’s got to be a way to work it out so that this security concern does not lead to violations of constitutional rights.”
Sorry, folks, but one does NOT have a constitutional right to wear religious attire anywhere one wants. The First Amendment to the Constitution reads:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
By extension via the 14th Amendment, those proscriptions also apply to the several States and their political subdivisions. They do not apply to private institutions such as banks, credit unions, restaurants, etc. Such private institutions can prohibit the wearing of crosses and the bearing of firearms, too.
That said, if I could avoid standing in bank lines, I’d wear a headscarf, too!