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by Zara Golden 5:32 pm, August 31st, 2011

Rye Playland was shutdown and fifteen people were arrested for disorderly conduct yesterday after a fight broke out between police and a group park patrons who were upset that a group of Muslim women were barred from certain rides because of their headscarves.

The Muslim American Society of New York had organized a trip for about 3,000 to celebrate the end of Ramandan. The day turned when a group of women who were wearing Hijabs became upset when they were told by the Dragon Rollercoaster operator that they would have to remove their Hijabs before boarding.

Citing safety reasons, the park has banned “headgear” on certain rides. The rule was put in place three years ago, mostly to prevent hats from falling onto the tracks, and it is not Muslim specific. For one group of girls, however, this did not suffice.

“They said no because my of my ‘headgear,’ “ Ola Salem told the New York Times. “I said, ‘It’s not my headgear, it’s my religion.’” Another woman, Haifa Ali told Patch that she tried to explain to explain the importance of the scarf, particularly on a high holiday, to rides operator. Unsuccessful in their avails, and with more than a dozen of the park’s rides on the “no headgear” list, a handful of woman asked for refunds, saying that they felt they had been banned from the ride because of religious regions, not safety.

This is where things become less clear. According to the Parks Department, after receiving their refunds and exiting the park, several members of the Muslim American group began fighting amongst themselves. According to members of the Muslim American group and other witnesses, the fight began when either a park employee or a police officer grabbed on woman’s hijab and pulled her to the ground. MyFox New York has video of the scuffle, which we’ve embedded below. It’s difficult to tell how or with who the fight began, but clear that both sides engaged.

This all comes the same day that Pew Poll reports an increasingly satisfied Muslim American public, albeit one that continues to feel persecuted by anti-terrorism policies.

http://www.myfoxny.com/


Added: Sep-1-2011 Occurred On: Sep-1-2011
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  • I'm sure the cops just showed up for no reason. You caused a ruckus because you didn't like the safety rules and cried discrimination. Take the thing off or go find a ride where it won't be a safety hazard.

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  • It was make clear already. They do not ban it on all rides. The reason for the ban is purely out of safety concerns, that without could potentially lead to a strangling situation. This was decided for each ride independently due to the merits and potential present. It was not done in spite, nor was it done broadly without consideration.

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  • Yeah, you can't have loose clothing flying around on carnival rides. Common sense. Your cult demanding that you wear a slave-costume doesn't change the fact that your slave-costume conflicts with basic safety measures.

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  • No questions!
    Alot of extremist Muslims resort to threats, then violence when they cant get their way!

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  • Simple, there is nothing in their Quran about carnival rides... of course, it was written in the 7th century. But that's besides the point.

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  • When are women going to be allowed to drive or walk down the street in a bikini in say Jeddah Saudi Arabia?

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  • 18% nearly 1 in 5 muslims in the pew poll say they approve of al-quida

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  • Filthy muzz swine... er, I mean, Diversity is our strength!

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  • violent muslim pedophiles better leave the US and go to Europe or Canada if you want to get away with that bullshit...we wont put up with it here, you will get curb stomped just like these muslim bitches did :)

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  • Just take your stupid scarves off or go the fuck home!!! Preferably back to whatever fucked up cave man country you came from, you nasty nappy headed hos!!!

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  • Damn - some of those women should be encouraged to wear headgear that covers their entire faces (out of respect for the general public and so as not to scare children).

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  • Thank you god, and allah for all this fucking shit.

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  • Muslims have been instigating since history. They live in Muhammad's narcissistic bubble universe. They feel they deserve special privilege. They feel superior and anyone denying them that is a threat that needs to be targeted aggressively.

    They go to tolerant nations and scream about their rights until they have more rights than anybody. They feel entitled because by extension they too are narcissists.

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