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Ofc. Faruq Abdul-Aziz
When Abdulkadir Omar first got a job at American Patriot Security, his superiors didn't mind that he had a beard. But later

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Comment of the Week: Supreme Court Already Backs Beards for Cops

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Ofc. Faruq Abdul-Aziz
When Abdulkadir Omar first got a job at American Patriot Security, his superiors didn't mind that he had a beard. But later they did--so they fired him.

And it's off to court we go.

One reader says "I've seen this dance before."

Joseph writes:

A similar case already has transpired through the Supreme Court from a policeman ruling in favor of religious facial hair being acceptable. There was an interview with the former detective/policeman on the Deen Show.

Joseph is right. There is a Supreme Court case involving Muslims wearing beards on the job. In 1999 the high court ruled that Shakoor Mustafa and Faruq Abdul-Aziz, two veteran Newark, N.J. police officers, could wear their beards on the job.

Here's the full opinion.

There is a major caveat to this ruling being used as precedent for Omar's case, however: The Mustafa/Abdul-Aziz-case involved a publicly funded police force, while Omar's involves a private security company.

At any rate, here's the post-ruling interview that Joseph mentioned in his comment.

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