by Jenice Armstrong
Since when can’t an Islamic woman wear a head covering while shooting a gun at a target range?
I’d never heard of such a thing.
Neither had Ryan and Farida Boyer of Overbrook Park. They had been looking for something to do for their date night and decided to try a new shooting range. They ended up at Targetmaster in Chadds Ford.
But shortly after they arrived last Friday, an employee told Farida she would have to remove her head covering, called a khimar. She was understandably taken aback.
“I said, ‘I’m Muslim. I wear it for Islamic purposes,” recalled Farida, a marriage and family therapist.
The Boyers have complained to the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which advocates for the civil liberties of Muslims and is investigating. As CAIR attorney Timothy N. Welbeck said, “I find that claim [by Targetmaster] to be plausible but not particularly credible.”