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The high court and the hijab
The high court and the hijab

The Supreme Court this week strengthened an important civil rights statute when it ruled in favor of a Muslim teenager who was rejected for a job because she wore a head scarf. But beyond its practical effect, the 8-1 decision offers a resounding reminder that generous accommodation of religious convictions — especially those of adherents of a minority faith — is a noble American tradition. The decision was a victory for Samantha Elauf, who was 17 when she applied for a position at an Abercrombie & Fitch outlet in Tulsa, Okla. She was rejected after appearing at an interview wearing a modified black hijab that she regards as a "symbol of modesty in my Muslim...

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