Following on from Longrider’s post on Harrods, I find this in a local newspaper:
Female visitors to a community event were ordered to cover their shoulders by the Muslim organisers.Staff at the Noor Ul Islam Summer Fete, which took place at Leyton Cricket Ground at the weekend, are said to have told some women showing their shoulders they could only enter the site if they wore specially provided t-shirts.
Cue much frothing in the comments, and from the original complainee (a Muslim herself), who feels that this presents the wrong image of Islam, and she may have a point.
But the term ‘community event’ is a little misleading, as it seems it was a private function, and so they are allowed to impose any dress code they wish.
It’s surprising though, as Edwin Greenwood points out, how certain restrictions seem to escape the attention of the authorities, though, isn’t it?
Hasib Hussain, a volunteer at Noor Ul Islam, told the Guardian: “T-shirts were only given to people who were dressed inappropriately, like those wearing mini-skirts or low cut tops. “
I’m not too sure how a T-shirt is expected to help with a mini-skirt, mind you…