In the discussion of the jilbab case, which has been manipulated by Islamist groups in the UK, the following comments on the BBC website were classics:
Added: Wednesday, 22 March, 2006, 22:31 GMT 22:31 UK
I feel the judgment was right. School uniforms exist for a reason, to eliminate any prejudice that might cause bullying due to what people ware.
Religious clothes should not be treated any different. its like saying i want to ware my Arsenal cap cos i believe in them.
Added: Wednesday, 22 March, 2006, 22:19 GMT 22:19 UK
My religion (Flying Spaghetti Monsterism, yes, its real look it up) requires me to wear full pirate uniform at all times, my school uniform obviously won’t allow this…so…is this a breach of my human rights? Should I be in the courts?
David H, Newbury
Who has not attempted such a gambit at school to get out of some pointless chore or brutal sport?
Andrew Apostolou (jim jams prevent me from participating in inter-house rugby, sir).