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Saturday, October 08, 2005

For fear of.......

This is ridiculous, and proof positive that people are too tetchy when it comes to political correctness. No muslims have complained, no students have complained, no co-workers have complained......and yet they decide to make a teacher remove his Star of David necklace 'for fear of provoking Muslim students'.

teacher working at an adult education center who has been told to stop wearing a Star of David because it "provokes the many Muslim students at the school" in 2004 is now considering legal action against the ban, the Norwegian television network NRK has reported.

School head Kjell Gislefoss, said he thought that the Star of David can be seen to represent the State of Israel and is fearful of offending the school's Muslim students, citing immigrants from the Palestinian territories.

"The Star of David would be a symbol for one side in what is perhaps the world's most inflamed conflict at the moment."

"Many have a traumatic past that they have escaped and then we feel that if they are going to learn Norwegian then they can't sit an at the same time be reminded of the things they have traveled from," said Gislefoss.

But Telhaug has vowed to stand up for his right to wear the Star and has hired lawyers ahead of a possible legal battle.

Inge Telhaug told NRK that his right to freedom of speech was violated by the banning.

"I can't accept this. It is a small star, 16 millimeters (0.6 inches) that I have around my neck, usually under a T-shirt. I see it as my right to wear it," Telhaug told NRK.

Telhaug, who is not Jewish, teaches the Norwegian language and culture to new immigrants at the school.

"I see it as the oldest religious symbol we have in our culture, because without Judaism there would be no Christianity," he said.

The decision to ban the Jewish symbol from the school was slammed as "unacceptable" by head of local Education Association, Heidi Hauge Uldal.

Comments on "For fear of......."


Blogger Irina Tsukerman said ... (1:23 PM) : 

So much for liberalism and freedom of expression. What a bunch of pathetic hypocrites. Grrr!


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