In a Michigan court case, the presiding male judge asked for the defendant, Ginnah Muhammad, to take off her niqab. (A niqab covers the entire head and face, leaving a slit open for the eyes.) Judge Paruk told her that she had to remove the headgarb before being allowed to present her case.
Ginnah Muhammad refused and said that she was a practicing Muslim and would only take it off in front of a female judge. Understandable, no?
Well, when she did not comply with Judge Paruk’s request, her case was dismissed out of court. He said there was not a female judge present, and she either had to remove the niqab or leave the court. She chose the latter, clearly. In response, she sued the judge, and is now appealing to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
What do you think? Do you think the courts are allowed to exercise this type of control/power? Is this a violation of the first amendment?