Student refuses to remove cap until Muslim women remove headgear

bromley college cap 1A student has been creating a hubbub at England’s Bromley College for a year because of her refusal to doff her cap when inside the facility, saying she’ll keep it on until Muslim women remove their own headgear.

Caroline Powell, 39, attends Greenwich University, which shares some of the facilities in Bromley College in Bromley, England, according to UK ‘s News Shopper.

Powell said she won’t bow down to the “double standards” of being forced to remove her cap while Muslim women are allowed to wear headdresses.

“It started in September last year when I got stopped at the door by a woman and she said, ‘You need to take your cap off,’” Powell told News Shopper, according to Young Conservatives. “It is a small, black leather cap, but it’s part of my identity. She said, ‘You need to take it off, they are the rules.’ A Muslim woman walked in behind me, and I asked if she was going to ask her to take off her headdress.”

The Bromley official told Powell her cap has to be be removed for security reasons.

“They said it was so they could ID all users of the college, so nothing can obscure their face,” Powerll said. “But all these Muslim women are walking in with scarves across their face.”

A Bromley College spokesperson made the following statement, according to News Shopper:

The College has a policy in place regarding student dress code, and we specify that no hoods, hats or other headwear is to be worn inside the College buildings.

This policy has been set for reasons of security for all those using the College so that people can be clearly identified – it is also useful for not obscuring faces from CCTV.

This policy has been in place during 2012/13, and forms part of the rules that each student signs up to on their enrolment form each year at College.

The College treats all students respectfully and equally, and this policy is consistently applied to all students to protect our safe environment.

We operate exceptions to this rule on the grounds of religious, medical, cultural or other reasons, and students can write to the College if they would like to be considered to be exempt, which is then assessed and the student is informed of this decision.

Tensions have escalated to the point that Powell said she fears she will be expelled because of her stance News Shopper reported.

“If one rule is made for all, then fine, but I am not going to be treated like this when everyone else is allowed to do what they want,” she said. “I feel it is totally double standards.”

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  • http://mcbluefire.net McB

    If it is for security then no exceptions can be allowed. Sick and tired of people not being able to be who they are because people love security theatre.

    • lovinspoonful

      If it is so they can ID people, then the Muslim women should have to remove the scarves across their faces. How can you ID some one whose face is covered?

  • http://rumcrook.wordpress.com/ rumcrook™

    If it’s for security then we all know who created the “security situation” yet somehow they are exempt.

    • MissyT111

      Smart succinct analysis!

    • Mark Robert Jones

      Dirty and to the point. I love it!

  • David Cooper

    Well done Caroline. Keep wearing that cap.

    There is too much pandering to the whims of the religious, while the rights of the rest of us are ignored.

    The college dress code discriminates against those who do not belong to some weird cult. Ignore it.

    • lovinspoonful

      It is not pandering to the whims of the religious – it I s pandering to people the Middle East.

  • OldmanRick

    Yep, double standards. Seems some are more equal than others based on very flimsy reasoning.

  • Destiney

    I have to say, I think she should remove the cap. The Muslim woman are not allowed to remove their headdresses. It is apart of their culture, their religion. And if it say in the rules that exceptions can be made, then this woman should have wrote to the school to have that exception made for her. I think it is fair that the woman are allowed to wear them, we have to respect other religions, whether we agree or not.

    She should stop being stubborn woman.

    • proudwhite

      You sopund like a musSLIME. Oh, and being a musSLIME, who worships a PEDOPHILE is insane. Being a musSLIME is NOT a RELIGION. Nopw, go worship your MOON GOD, as you rape your 9 year old child.

      • lovinspoonful

        I did not see any exception to their rules; therefore, the rules apply to everyone – no exceptions.

        • Destiney

          Did you read the article? “We operate exceptions to this rule on the grounds of religious, medical, cultural or other reasons, and students can write to the College if they would like to be considered to be exempt, which is then assessed and the student is informed of this decision”

          • Independent Tom

            It is hypocritical for you left-wing terrorists to whine about equality then snivel when someone outside of your cult demands the same.

          • Karen Lee King

            That doesn’t matter. There should be no exceptions.

      • Crash_Override

        hahahaha, right on !!! Like the REAL muslim ppl wear such crappy headgear in their own country, they DONT, its just profocation in our society

    • proudwhite

      You are a MUSslime Pedophile worshiper. YOUR moreHAMmed was a CHILD MOLESTER. Being a musSLIME, is NOT a RELIGION. You cover up your women, so that the STANK stays inside.

      • EliseR

        Isn’t this site monitored for this kind of hate mongering?

        • Nathan Mendenhall

          no

        • Destiney

          It should be.

          • Jim Denney

            You’re all for freedom of expression, remember? As long as it is something you agree with … elitist hypocrite.

        • Independent Tom

          Mohammad is historically documented as a pedophile. Raping nine year old children is by definition, pedophilia, and there isn’t anything you can do to change that indisputable fact. Hell, isn’t it?

    • Crash_Override

      if you like to wear your headgear, go back to your land where you can do whatever you want, we didnt asked you to come to our society, but if you do, BEHAVE like we are !!!

      • Destiney

        So what you are saying, is that any foreigner should drop everything they believe in and become completely Americanized? Well, then why would we have any culture? This is the most diverse country in the world, you would think people would be more accepting.

        • skyway1234

          Did you read the article? It is a college in England.

        • skyway1234

          No! People don’t have to be Americanized! They can stay in their own country and live as they wish. We do have a culture here. We have our own traditions and our own country. Its okay to see cultural diversity and to be open to new ideas, but not to the point of ridiculousness. They have security measures at the college, in large part, BECAUSE of acts committed by Muslims. There have been over 25K terrorist acts since 911. So this gal goes to school and wants to wear her hat and they ask her to take it off for security purposes, as Muslim women sweep past with scarves over their faces. Seriously? Are you kidding me that you think that’s okay? You are not to be believed.

      • EliseR

        This did not even happen in America.

    • Nathan Mendenhall

      no the Muslim women should have to go into a special security checkpoint where a security guard should then order the student to “doff the headdress” in privacy, for “security” purposes so that they may identify them as well so that the other students may feel safe too at their place of study.

      I feel that if they can support their religious views and beliefs then Christians should feel free to wear a thorned crown or carry a bible or that Odinists should be able to wear their hammers in the open or hell even those of the Druid’s faith should be able to bring their animal companion with them. If your going to make exceptions for one you have to make exceptions for all!

      • James Crooke

        The thorned crown was placed on Christ by the Romans not by himself. Learn more before you show your stupidity.

    • Tom Gilbert

      tell me. Destiney, who taught you that you have to respect all other religions????? are you aware that this particular religion, to which we are to subjugate ourselves thanks to our government, still has slavery, pedophilia, stoning, torture, clitoral circumcision, fingers/hands/feet removed as punishment for crimes, womens’ noses cut off for alleged adultery, public lashing for being raped. Not to mention their global plans to kill, rape, behead (see kill), torture or tax non-believers (see Kenyan mall attacks). I think YOU should respect this religion that treats women like property and join up………if you’re not already one.

      • Destiney

        I didn’t say I agree with it. But these kinds of thing happen in other religions as well, plus most of this happens in other countries and not in America.You can’t judge an entire culture of people by a few events. Would you judge all white people because of a major shooting or bombing that was performed by a white person, now would you?

        • Anthony Clay

          yes tell the people in kenya, oh there dead

        • Anthony Clay

          your get along go along thinking will result one day in your death

          • Destiney

            Wow, that is intense.

    • James Crooke

      BS Destiney. Why is it some muslim women wear that and others do not. It is not part of their identity through Islam.

    • Destiney

      This feed completely shows how prejudice some Caucasian Americans are. I am a Caucasian woman, so calling me a muSLIME, is completely wrong and typing in all caps just shows how uneducated you are.

    • Independent Tom

      No, we do not have to respect other religions, particularly a phony “religion” invented by pedophiles that has become responsible for 99% of all “religious” violence in the world.

    • Karen Lee King

      She’s not being a stubborn woman. The muslim woman should have to remove her headdress because of what the school policy for security says. Like I said earlier: NO EXCEPTIONS!

  • stony

    all Native Americans should now wear all their head gear and head dress from now on. show your feathers brothers and sisters.
    All Americans should start wearing their common headgear also. our usa hat is the minuteman hat so lets get it on

    • Doug

      Hail to the Redskins!!

      • Destiney

        unnecessary racism.

        • Doug

          I can’t help it if they’re 0-3

          • Karen Lee King

            They’re gonna be 0-4 after Sunday’s game. GO RAIDERS! lol

    • Destiney

      Just idiotic. Grow up.

  • proudwhite

    You just know, that musSLIMES ..NEVER are a SECURITY RISK. 911, HONOR KILLINGS, BEHEADINGS, BOMBINGS, MALL MASSACURES, REMOVAL OF HEAD/ARMS/HANDS/FEET, TORTURE,PEDOPHILES, LOOTING, BURNING CHURCHES, ACID IN WOMENS FACES, BESTILITY, SLAVERY, KIDNAPINGS, HIJACKING AIRPLANES, BENGAZI, FORT HOOD, BERUIT BOMBINGS, FORCED CHILD MARRIAGE, FORCED FEMALE MUTILATIONS….Yes, the “Religion Of PIECES” is non threatening. It “accepts” ALL Religions/ beliefs/people/ womans rights…..Sure, and the Moon is really made of CHEESE, and moreHAMmed was NOT a PEDOPHILE.

    • Nathan Mendenhall

      dude i know your proud to be white and so am i but you going on like this just makes us look bad don’t think i attacking you cause i’m not i’m simply educating you.

      • Ray Stone

        Nathan Mendenhall,Just what did proudwhite say that is not true? I am White, I agree with him. Everything he said is true . We hear about or read about this everyday. So what is wrong with telling it the way it is. And yes Mohamid was a PEDOFILE .Why else would he marry a 9 year old child?

        • Doug

          Can’t anyone on this site spell pedophile correctly?

        • James Crooke

          He married a 6 year old not a 9 year old. He promised he would not take her until she was 9 but at no point do we have proof that he lived up to that promise. He was known top have broken other promises.

        • EliseR

          Would that also make Thomas Jefferson a pedophile for repeatedly raping Sally Hemmings, who was a young teenaged slave?

          • Destiney

            Thank you Elise! Finally a fact that doesn’t rely on racism or prejudice.

          • chicagorefugee

            There is NO evidence that it was Thomas Jefferson, as opposed to one of his male relatives, who was involved with Sally Hemings and fathered her youngest son, Eston.

            Far more likely it was his ne’er do well younger brother “Uncle Randolph.”

        • EliseR

          There are lots of pedophiles in the Catholic Church. Should we condem all Catholics?

          • chicagorefugee

            FAR more of them in the public school system!

      • proudwhite

        If STANDING UP against these musSLIME animals, is making WHITES “look bad”, well..I’ll take that chance. These musSLIME “animals” care NOTHING about ANYONE . Look at what they did recently at the KENYAN MALL. Liberals, love to cry RACIST, instead of fighting AGAINST these
        animals.

  • Janette Miller

    I agree with her. The Islams are allowed to be masked and she can not wear a cap ????

  • Benny

    I say leave her alone or get rid of Muslims!!!

  • Benny

    Get rid of Muslims anyway.

    • Doug

      Let’s shoot them all with our guns.