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New Jersey state troopers schooled in Muslim culture
by Hannan Adely
If a police officer pulls over a female driver wearing a veil covering all but her eyes, can he demand that she lift the veil so he can identify her?
Before a classroom of state police recruits, Mohammad Ali Chaudry, a Muslim scholar, explained that there's no religious reason for her to refuse. She has to obey the laws of her country "for everybody's security," he said.
Questions about the veil and other facets of Islamic faith and culture are at the heart of the one-hour class, now a requirement for every New Jersey state trooper, that emerged from anxiety and acrimony following news last year that New York City detectives were spying on New Jersey Muslims.
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