Interesting piece in the Taranaki Daily News by Helen Harvey. I Kiwi woman converts to Islam and shares the prejudice that she faces.
A Taranaki woman who has recently converted to Islam says she has been spat on, told to go back where she came from and, during a job interview, told to take off her hijab.
Cherie French did her shahada to convert to Islam last year and now wears a headcovering. A person becomes a Muslim by reciting the Shahada Islamic creed in Arabic.
She had previously worked in retail and last week she went for a job interview at Trick or Treat on Devon St, she said.
“I didn’t say anything about me being Muslim because it was pretty obvious. [The owner] said, can you take that off? It’s not allowed in the shop. I said it was because of my religion. She said, we have a policy there is no hats or sunglasses in the store.”
If you take on a religion that brings with it set of practices that are by and large foreign to the country you were born in, how do you expect people to react? Read more »