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Muslim group, ACLU praise bank association's headscarf clarification
by Laurie Winslow
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) on Thursday expressed appreciation to the Oklahoma Bankers Association for clarifying a security policy commonly referred to "no hats, no hoods, no sunglasses" used by many of the state's banks.
The two groups along with the Oklahoma Conference of Churches recently requested a meeting with the OBA following an incident in which a Muslim woman was initially denied access to a branch of Valley National Bank in Tulsa and asked to remove her religious head scarf, or hijab, before entering. The bank cited the "no hats, no hoods, no sunglasses" policy to justify its actions.
"Our goal in meeting with the OBA was to use this unfortunate incident as a teaching moment about the different types of head coverings worn by Muslim women and by individuals of other faiths," said CAIR-OK Executive Director Adam Soltani, in a written statement.
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