Posted by: becketfund | June 23, 2007

UK: British Girl Forbidden from Wearing Chastity Ring at School

The Guardian reports that Lydia Playfoot, 16, a student at Millais School in West Sussex, has taken her school to court for religious discrimination after she was forbidden from wearing a chastity ring under the school’s uniform policy. Ms. Playfoot, along with several other students, wore the ring as a symbol of her commitment to abstain from premarital sex. Her lawyer argued that the school had no right to rule on manifestations of religious belief, though the school claims that chastity rings are not a religious requirement for Christians. The school allows Sikh students to wear turbans and the Kara, a steel bracelet, while Muslim students are allowed to wear headscarves.

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