California amusement park bans Muslim headscarf on go-karts

Muslims, Sikhs protesting against move after management said it was 'dangerous'
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By Courtney Trenwith
Thu 01 May 2014 12:26 PM

A group of Muslims and Sikhs in California is protesting against an amusement park’s ban on headgear including the Muslim hijab while using go-karts.

Palace Entertainment, which owns Boomers amusement park in Orange County, south of Los Angeles, said wearing the traditional Muslim headscarf that covers a woman’s hair, face and neck was too dangerous while riding go-karts, Orange County Register reported.

The ban, which has been in place since 2010, also includes the traditional Sikh turban, hats, bandanas and wigs.

The California chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said the safety concerns were unfounded and women wearing a hijab had safely ridden more intense rides, including a roller coaster, without incident.

“We’re not trying to get around legitimate safety concerns,” CAIR civil rights attorney Fatima Dadabhoy said.

The group has been fighting to lift the ban for the past year.

It filed a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing last month.

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