Two days ago, the Democratic caucus in Congress voted for Ms Nancy Pelosi as their official leader. It is now becoming clear which price she had to pay in order to get the support of the progressive part of her party.
You may think that the ‘party of the workers,’ as Mr Bernie Sanders always portrays the Democrats, would firstly think about the layoffs at General Motors of this week and the people whose Christmas has been ruined, but the truth about their priorities seems a bit further off.
Quite sure we will hear about healthcare and universal tuition in a few days, but for now, we will have to do with the first media storm of Congresswoman-elect Ms Ilhan Omar, who openly stated that the first change she wants to bring about is the possibility to wear her hijab in the US Congress and this change a 181-year-old law which prohibits the wearing of hats in the House.
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Speaking Arabic to the worldwide BBC Channel, Ms Omar explained: “I'm a Muslim woman who wears a hijab. It’s important for the law to be changed so that I can wear my hijab in Congress and perform my duties.”
“When I was elected, we realized there was a law in place that would prevent me from wearing a hijab in Congress. I was given an opportunity to lead efforts to change the law. We have the support of many people, they are happy about it.”
“I hope that Muslim women elected after me will find it easier. I hope it will also help others whose faith requires them to cover their heads. I hope this will also help our Muslim schoolgirls who feel challenged or harassed when they wear a headscarf. When they see me, they will be able to say with confidence: Don’t talk about my headscarf because there is a Muslim woman sitting in Congress wearing one.”
Democratic House leader and expected next speaker, Ms Nancy Pelosi, agrees with Ms Omar’s idea and has thus formally proposed to ditch this 181-year-old ban on headwear in order to “ensure religious expression.” As Ms Pelosi explained, “After voters elected the most diverse Congress in history, clarifying the antiquated rule banning headwear will further show the remarkable progress we have made as a nation.”
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