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Sep 21, 2018

A Freshman at Georgia State University was requested by her professor to remove her niqab, a religious head covering worn by some Muslim women, but the university stepped in. Learn more at FirstLiberty.org/Briefing.


A professor at Georgia State University has attempted to use a law once designed to curb the anonymity of the Ku Klux Klan to prevent a religious student from wearing a veil.

Freshman Nabila Khan was surprised by her professor’s request that she remove her niqab, a head covering and veil worn by some Muslim women as part of their religious exercise.

Khan wears her veil to her job and elsewhere, but her professor evidently thought it troubling enough to hand Khan a copy of the Georgia law disallowing masks that obscure the face when Khan declined to remove the veil.

Georgia State University has explained the law to the professor and acknowledged that fact veils are permitted on campus as a way to accommodate the free exercise of religion.

You may be opposed to the idea that women should wear a niqab, but the principle is vitally important. If a state institution can marginalize one peaceful, religious practice, it can act to marginalize the free exercise of any peaceful religious practice.

And, there’s another important point to be made here: Georgia’s governor has infamously vetoed a state religious freedom restoration act, also known as RFRA.  Khan’s case presents one of the most routine examples of cases that benefit from state RFRA’s.  Hopefully, Governor Deal and the Georgia lawmakers can add that protection soon.

To learn how First Liberty is protecting religious liberty for all Americans, visit FirstLiberty.org.

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