August 31st, 2011
07:42 PM ET

Headgear ban sparks melee between police, Muslim park patrons

From Kiran Khalid CNN

Rye, New York (CNN) -What was meant to be a celebration marking the end of Ramadan turned into a melee at an amusement park on Tuesday when a group of Muslim women were told they weren't allowed on certain rides with their headscarves.

Rye Playland was full of visitors celebrating Eid al-Fitr when the festive mood turned angry. Westchester County Police said the women wearing the hijab, a traditional Muslim headscarf, became argumentative when park employees enforced the no-headgear policy and men sprang to their defense.

"(The rule) didn't get relayed to the people who attended, so some people got upset," said Westchester County Police Capt. Thomas Gleason.

Fifteen people were arrested and two charged with felony assault after two park rangers sustained minor injuries.

Among those arrested were three women wearing the hijab. Police shut down the park for several hours during the incident.

"It had to do with headgear. People - patrons - are not allowed to wear headgear on rides for safety reasons," Gleason said.

Zead Ramadan, spokesman for the New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), said members of the Muslim American Society who had organized the outing asked him to come to the park to mediate. Ramadan said the women felt they had been targeted by park employees because of their religious views.

"They're the most obvious Muslims around because they have hijabs on. They felt they were discriminated against," Ramadan said.

"Maybe there was a level of frustration that went around across the board," Ramadan said. "Then you have the parks people who are trying to explain this and do their job."

Ramadan said he saw a cell-phone video showing police "yanking a hijabi-wearing woman out of the crowd."

"She was very small. They turn her around and throw her down on the ground." Ramadan said that's when the crowd got very angry.

"Nobody was assaulted prior to the police being called, and that in itself is a problem," Ramadan said.

Gleason said he was aware "there was some cell-phone footage and maybe some video,"

"There's no official video that we have released at this time," he said. "There are some videos in the park that we're retaining for our own information."

Gleason said he had seen seen "bits and pieces" of phone footage from the incident.

He said park officials told the Muslim organizers about the headgear ban but that information wasn't relayed to the group of visitors.

Ramadan chalked the whole incident up to "miscommunication."

"The women felt they were being targeted, but in fact these were safety precautions," he said. "And maybe (the park) didn't do the best job in disclosing those precautions."

But Westchester County Parks Deputy Commissioner Peter Tartaglia says the policy was made abundantly clear to the group's organizer, and that the rules are clearly posted.

"We repeatedly told him, because we knew this group would have religious headgear," Tartaglia insisted adding that a refund booth was set up in case anyone objected to the policy, which he said is posted prominently in the park.

"There's a sign at every ride," Tartaglia said. "When you enter the park, there's a height line and it lists headgear policy.

"What triggered the incident was fighting within the group and the subject was why they didn't know the policy," said Tartaglia, adding that he arrived at the scene about 20 minutes after the fight broke out. He said police were called when it appeared the altercation could lead to a riot.

Ride safety precautions posted on its website include the following safety rule:

"Hats must be secured, and jackets/sweaters must be worn properly and not around the waist while on a ride. Some rides do not allow backpacks, purses or head gear of any kind."

Rye Playland, also known as Playland Amusement Park, is located about 17 miles northeast of the Bronx in Westchester County.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Eid al-Fitr • Entertainment • Holidays • Islam • New York • Ramadan • United States

soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. Rainer Braendlein

    The false Prophet Muhammad would say that Mohamed Atta will surely get into heaven, because he did the most honorable deed, a Muslim can do: He killed some thousand wicked infidels (Jews and Christians).

    Mohamed Atta

    (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    Mohamed Atta
    Born Mohamed Atta
    (in Arabic: محمد عطا)
    September 1, 1968(1968-09-01)
    Kafr el-Sheikh, Egypt
    Died September 11, 2001(2001-09-11) (aged 33)
    Manhattan, New York, United States

    Alma mater: Cairo University, Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg

    Religion: Sunni Islam

    Mohamed Mohamed el-Amir Awad el-Sayed Atta (Arabic: محمد محمد الأمير عوض السيد عطا‎, Muḥammad Muḥammad al-Āmir ‘Awaḍ as-Sayyid ‘Aṭā) (September 1, 1968 – September 11, 2001) was one of the masterminds and the ringleader of the September 11 attacks who served as the hijacker-pilot of American Airlines Flight 11, crashing the plane into the North Tower of the World Trade Center as part of the coordinated attacks.[1][2][3][4]

    Born in 1968 in a small town in Egypt's Nile Delta, Atta moved with his family to the Abdeen section of Cairo at the age of 10. Atta studied architecture at Cairo University, graduating in 1990, and continued his studies in Hamburg, Germany at the Technical University of Hamburg. In Hamburg, Atta became involved with the al-Quds Mosque, where he met Marwan al-Shehhi, Ramzi bin al-Shibh, and Ziad Jarrah, together forming the Hamburg cell. Atta disappeared from Germany for periods of time, spending some time in Afghanistan, including several months in late 1999 and early 2000 when he met Osama bin Laden and other top al-Qaeda leaders. Atta and the other Hamburg cell members were recruited by bin Laden and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for the "planes operation" in the United States. Atta returned to Hamburg in February 2000, and began inquiring about flight training in the United States.

    Atta arrived in the United States, together with Marwan al-Shehhi, in June 2000. Both ended up in south Florida at Huffman Aviation where they entered the Accelerated Pilot Program. Atta and Shehhi obtained instrument ratings in November 2000, and continued training on simulators and flight training. Beginning in May 2001, Atta assisted with the arrival of the muscle hijackers. In July 2001, Atta traveled to Spain where he met with bin al-Shibh to exchange information and finalize the plot. In August, Atta traveled on surveillance flights to determine details on how the attacks could be carried out.

    In early September 2001, Atta traveled to Maryland, where fellow hijacker Hani Hanjour was at the time. Atta then traveled to Boston, and on September 10, with Abdulaziz al-Omari to Portland, Maine. On the morning of September 11, Atta and Omari traveled on Colgan Air back to Boston, where they boarded American Airlines Flight 11. Fifteen minutes into the flight, the team of hijackers attacked and Atta took over control of the aircraft. At 8:46 a.m., Atta crashed the Boeing 767 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.[5]

    September 1, 2011 at 11:57 am |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics

      So anybody looking forward to winter?

      September 1, 2011 at 11:58 am |
    • DamianKnight

      What does this have to do with the price of turkey in China?

      Terrorism and 9/11 have nothing to do with wearing headgear at an amusement park.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • Rainer Braendlein


      They committed resistance against the state authority. This shows, by which evil ghost they are obsessed. The ghost of Islam is wicked and evil!

      September 1, 2011 at 12:05 pm |
    • DamianKnight


      That might be your opinion, but I still don't see how the righteousness of Islam has anything to do with wearing headgear at an amusement park.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      Oh dang it! Please stop with the essays! Just say what you want. Step back from the copy/paste slowly.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      Winter is going to be fantastic this year. It doesn't really snow in my state and I really get a kick out of enjoying the cool crisp weather without the hassle of drudging around in snow. It's pretty much the best.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm |
    • i get it

      The approach of winter is distressing - I loath being cold. Fortunately, no snow here, but it does get much too cold. No 100s here either, so I can kind of understand why some are looking forward to a downward trend in temps.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
    • Smarty Pants

      1. God Blessed Abraham: Muhammad came from the progeny of Abraham through Ishmael (promised by God).

      2. The Rejected Stone: Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God being taken away…given to the rejected stone…
      (Genesis 21:13-18). The rejected stone is the nation of Ishmael, the nation of Muhammad.

      3. First Revelation: "… Read this…he said, I am not learned" (Isaiah 29:12).

      Historical Facts: Angel Gabriel delivered first revelation: "Read…name of your Lord, who created man..." (Quran 96:1). Muhammad replied: “I am not learned".

      4. Prophet from Arabia: "Arabia, and all the Princes of Kedar...“ (Ezekiel 27:21)
      Historical Facts: Many converts migrated to Madina; Muhammad migrated in 622AD. Next year 1,000 Makkans marched against the Muslims.

      5. A Prophet Like Moses: God said to Moses, "I will raise up a Prophet… like unto thee. I will put my words in his mouth, & he shall speak them all...” (Deuteronomy18:18)

      Historical Facts: Angel Gabriel used to bring revelations from God to Muhammad – thus God put “His words in Muhammad's mouth” (John 16:13, Isaiah 28:10). "He does not speak of (his own) desire.." (Quran 53:3-4).

      Prophet Gave Laws: "...He will not fall or be discouraged till…established justice in the earth…" (Isaiah 42:1-4).
      Muhammad came with a complete code of laws. In spite of persecution and physical assaults, he was never discouraged nor expressed despair.
      7. Prophet with 10,000 Saints: “…he came with 10,000 saints…right-hand went a fiery law..." (Deuteronomy 33:2)
      Historical Facts: Muhammad returned to Makka with 10,000 devout followers & established the rule of law there.

      8. Until Shiloh Come: Jacob told his children…”until Shiloh come…” (Genesis 49:10). Shiloh means “peace” (Islam).

      9. Pilgrims of Bacca Valley: “…they go through the valley of Baca; there it has a place of springs; the early rain also covers it with pools" (Psalms 84:5-6). Makka is referred to as Baca (Quran 3:96). The famous ZamZam spring is located here. Makka used to get flooded.

      10. Revealed Little By Little: “he teaches knowledge… line upon line; here a little, and there a little. (Isaiah 28:9-11)
      Quran was revealed piece by piece over 23 years, scattered in the book “here a little, there a little”.

      11. Prophecy By Name: Muhammad was quoted by name: "Cheeko mane tah kim, vechulo Mohamadim: his language is most sweet, & he is Muhammad“ (Song of Solomon 5:16)

      1. Jesus foretold about Muhammad: “…he shall give you another comforter…” (John 14:15-16)

      2. Jesus said: “I have many things to say unto you, but you can’t bear them now…he will show you things to come…(John 16:14). The message of Jesus was incomplete. Another prophet was needed to guide mankind.

      3. Gospel of Barnabas: “…Muhammad is his blessed name.” (Ch. 96-97)

      September 2, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
  2. J.W

    I think they should be allowed to wear the headgear if they will sign a waiver saying that if they get hurt they will not hold the park liable.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:56 am |
    • DamianKnight


      As someone in insurance, waivers don't mean anything. Just like those signs in parking garages that say to take your valuables with you and to lock your car, they don't mean anything, but they make people THINK they are not liable. In reality, if you got hurt and threatened to file a lawsuit, more than likely, the insurance company will pay out to avoid having to go to court over it.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:59 am |
    • Laughing

      So what's the point of a waiver if it doesn't have any legal value? It can't really just be a placebo

      September 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
    • DamianKnight


      I think I overstated this. But the purpose is to fool people into not filing a lawsuit because they read the sign and/or signed something. At best, it might (not necessary will) diminish liability of the amusement park because they can claim it was "an assumption of risk." But you really can't sign away your right to sue someone if you're hurt. So, the insurance company might assume 70 or 80% of the risk, instead of 100%.

      But regardless, the amusement park would still be liable. Get this, in our court system today, even if some guy took off his baseball cap as he got on the ride...and then put it on while riding, the court would still rule (based on precedent) that the amusement park was liable.

      Our court system today doesn't hold anyone accountable for their actions.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm |
    • J.W

      Damian does that fall into the category of unconscionable contracts, like if I got you to sign into a contract saying that I can shoot you in the head or take all your money and possessions or something ridiculous like that.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:12 pm |
    • DamianKnight


      I'm not a lawyer, nor an expert on contract law, but that kind of contract wouldn't be legal. You can't enter into a legal contract that is, in and of itself, illegal. That's part of the whole debate about doctor assisted suicide.

      What this falls under is assumption of risk. And all it does is diminish liability.

      The legal system has so many silly things like, let's say you own a pool. You put up an eight foot wall, and a cover and post signs up that say "Warning: No lifeguard on duty." Let's say someone climbs your fence, removes the cover and goes swimming. Then they drown. You, as the pool owner, are still liable because pools are considered an "attractive nuisance." It's why I advise anyone who has a swimming pool to purchase, at least, a two million dollar umbrella.

      Same thing with a guard dog, if you put up "Warning: Dog on Premise. Keep out." If someone gets on your property (even if you have a wall high enough to keep the dog from getting out) and gets hurt by your dog, you are still liable...and you're actually MORE liable, because you knew the dog was aggressive (hence why you put up the sign). You actually have a responsibility to keep your property safe, even to trespassers. It's ridiculous.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:21 pm |
    • Awkward Situations

      Yea, nothing says amusement park like signing over death waivers every time you get on a ride. What about the other people who aren't wearing any "headgear"? Is it fair that they get on the ride with the people who are signing over waivers? What if it comes loose during the ride and causes injury? Maybe make two separate lines and wait for the headgear line to fill up so they can all ride together? That would be fair, I think.

      It's just not practical. At all. For an amusement park.

      Does anybody remember that roller coaster scene from one of the 'Final Destination' movies?

      September 1, 2011 at 12:33 pm |
    • Smarty Pants

      J.W. Thank you for that intelligent response. Also, perpaps a sign stating that "head-gear will get lost on ride". This will make anyone: Muslim woman, or a Sikh male either think twice before riding, or secure their veil/turban before riding.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
  3. Rainer Braendlein

    Do you have some friends, attending a mosque?

    Love them, but don't be too naive!

    Al-Quds Mosque, Hamburg

    (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    Al Quds Masjid, Hamburg

    Basic information:

    Location St. Georg, Hamburg,

    Hamburg, Germany

    Geographic coordinates 53°33′25″N 10°01′10″E / 53.55694°N 10.01944°E / 53.55694; 10.01944 Coordinates: 53°33′25″N 10°01′10″E / 53.55694°N 10.01944°E / 53.55694; 10.01944

    Affiliation: Islam

    Architectural description:

    Architectural type: Mosque

    Architectural style: backyard

    Completed: 1993

    Al-Quds Mosque Hamburg (Arabic: مسجد القدس, meaning "Jerusalem", or Masjid Taiba مسجد طيبة) was a mosque in Hamburg, Germany that preached a radical form of Sunni Islam. Al-Quds is where some of the September 11 attackers including Mohamed Atta, attended and met one another, forming the Hamburg cell.[1]

    History: The mosque opened in 1993, and was run by the Taiba German-Arab Cultural Association.[2] It occupied a three-story building near the Hauptbahnhof rail station in a red-light district, in the St. Georg section of Hamburg.[3]

    Unlike many other mosques in Hamburg which cater to Persians and the Turkish population, al-Quds served Hamburg's smaller Arab population.[4] Under leadership of Iman Mohammed al Fizazi, the mosque preached a radical version of Sunni Islam.[3] Other leaders at the mosque have included Sheik Azid al Kirani.[3]

    The prayer room for men is carpeted, located on the first floor, and can accommodate up to 400. It is one of the Masjids with a radical interpretation of Islam and its practice, namely the way of the Salaf As-Salih.[3]. On Fridays, the mosque usually had around 250 in attendance.[5]

    2010 shut down

    The mosque was shut down by German security officials in August 2010 amid suspi-cion that the mosque was again being used as a meeting place for Islamic extremists involved in the 2010 European terror plot.[6] [7][8] German authorities discovered that 10 members of the mosque had traveled to the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Shahab D., an Iranian at the mosque, had joined the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.[5]

    September 1, 2011 at 11:52 am |
  4. saudi

    how do women ride theme parks in saudi, with their head gear?,how can you really enjoy the ride???

    September 1, 2011 at 11:50 am |
  5. Aaron

    Just put a sign up that says no one can ride while wearing anything on their head.. and then don't let them ride anything!

    But don't force them to remove it... that's just an obnoxious personal intrusion.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:43 am |
    • Stayxsie Johnson

      Uh dude......that is exactly what happened. Dohh!

      September 1, 2011 at 11:51 am |
  6. Peter

    We Americans are over cautious and in some way schizrophenic . Shame on Park authorities , they should have handled the matter in a more responsible manner , besides this is hindrance to freedom of religion right of America .

    September 1, 2011 at 11:40 am |
    • Stayxsie Johnson

      How so you dumba$$ this is a safety issue nothing else. They for religious reasons can choose not to go on a ride. This has nothing to do with religion, The Muslims handled this way wrong, and WAY overstepped their bounds.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:45 am |
    • DamianKnight

      As someone in insurance, I can ABSOLUTELY understand the rule regarding headgear of any type. With America being as litigious as it is, they have to have these rules. Because these people will complain about not being able to wear their headgear, but then as soon as one of them gets hurt because of it (because the company is trying to respect their religious freedom), they'll be the first in line at the courthouse with a lawyer on their left and their right hand extended for cash.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:54 am |
  7. Stayxsie Johnson

    Shame on you for being an ignorant fanatic, this is basic safety. Muslim women should be ashamed of themselves for allowing Muslim men to treat them like second class worthless things that they own. how often does your husband beat you? I hear spousal abuse is not only tolerated but encouraged. Sad violent group of people you all are.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • Minc

      How often does your husband beat you? I hear spousal abuse is rampant in your house! I hear you're locked in a room and everyone encourages this! I hear all kinds of things I know nothing about!

      September 1, 2011 at 11:42 am |
    • Stayxsie Johnson

      LOL...looks like I hit a nerve......dude, it is reported in the news Christine Amanpour did a big story on how violent and abusive Muslim en are to there wives. this is not something we don't know. bTW.......if my husband beat me I would have him arrested, divorce him, hire a lawyer, and take everything he owns......fortunately he is kind, and would never dream of doing anything like this, as he actually respects me as a human being......you guys should try and respect your wives.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:49 am |
    • JustTheFacts

      I am muslim and I treat my wife with upmost respect. She comes from a family of 6 girls 3 of them wear hijab and 3 do not. My wife wears it on her own choosing I never forced anything upon her, I have a daughter that does not wear hijab. Are there mulsim men that beat thier wives – yes there are but this is not because of religion but it's because there are men all over the world including here in the U.S. that beat women. Please do not lump all Muslim men in one category, when we do this we are undermining the efforts of many muslims who are trying to make a positive change within thier community and elsewhere.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm |
    • ann

      spousal abuse has nothing to do with religion genius. so all the males that beat their wives are muslim??
      dont think so. u should think before u speak.

      September 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  8. M. Sundaramurthy

    I hear different versions from different people. I would like to see the video and judge it myself who is right and who is wrong. This is called Wisdom! Beyond that I would like people to be tolerant of each other and live in peace! Om.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:28 am |
    • Stayxsie Johnson

      Are you really that arrogant? these Muslims are wrong. Period. Park rules say no hats scarves for safety reasons. So it is exceedingly clear the arrogant backasswards inbred uneducated Muslims are wrong. if you can follow the rules, go home. if you can read, then get an education, don't just riot cause you feel like it.......then I guess you muslims are the violent types.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • holycrap

      Stayxsie – or what ever your real name is – seems like you are the one who is arrogant and need to go attend some basic school classes to get some ettiquete back..1st off – everyday I see folks act this way who are of different faiths including yours and do not see you cry wolf so why in this case as soon as you hear a muslim attached to the topic – that sounds like you have some form a hatred towards muslims..maybe you should open a book or two and read up on their faith instead of acts commited by some. You have murderers, rapists, thieves, thugs, etc in all faiths including whatever your is but do not see folks associating them to their faiths. When I go to water parks, sig flags, games, I see quite a few folks acting this way who are most likely of your faith, don't see ppl tying them to their faith so why in this case –that's called Islamophobia..

      September 1, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
  9. felix_in_Mass

    The issue here is that the headgear ban was not communicated properly with the Muslim women at the park by their group leadership. The Muslim woman needed the Muslim men to explain to them the rules of the park. And that did not happen. The park apparently does have have signs posted at EVERY ride with the "headgear" rule, which applies to anything on the head: from a baseball cap to a hijab. But the Muslim woman did not have this information read to them by the Muslim men, so they did not understand.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:27 am |
  10. JS

    This is nuts!! It was a safety precaution!!!! Had they gone on the ride and something had happened then someone would be sueing the park due to neglience...they would then say oh the park's safety rules were not enforced or something to the effect of oh this happened due to the staff not being properly trained. C'mon people stop playing the 'IT'S BECAUSE I'M A MUSLIM CARD. It's getting old. If I'm going on a ride with my family and someone is not complying to the safety policy, which then means my family and everyone's else AND INCLUDING THEIRS would be put in DANGER...I would be furious. We've all had to either remove our hats, scarfs, sunglasses or whatever...I respect your religion/beliefs BUT you also have to think and be logically. Now, if you were just asked to remove it as you entered the park then yes i can see why you'd be mad but c'mon YOU ARE IN AN AMUSEMENT AND YOU WANT TO GO ON A RIDE!!!

    September 1, 2011 at 11:23 am |
  11. Lmerr

    This must have happened in the south. Bwhaaaat?

    September 1, 2011 at 11:21 am |
  12. alisha12

    we should have objection on individual actions or if one is carrying things that are hazardous to public. I have been to all sorts of theme parks including Bush garden, Disney, unversal. I personally have not see this "headgear" policy. I don't wear head gear or I am muslim. I am proud US citizen. This is the beauty of our country and we don't want to spoil the same with these meaningless news. Shame on Rye Playland management team!!

    September 1, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • PATEL

      I read this 3 times, and sorry, you are not making sense. I do no think english is your first language (no offense)

      September 1, 2011 at 11:27 am |
    • Awkward Situations

      You're not fooling anybody. Nice try!

      September 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Smarty Pants

      Patel: Hanuman ka lund ja ke choos lo. Teri gao mata ka gand chod kar ke mar jao. Teri dharam itni gandi hai yaar, tum kya kar rahe ho, yahan pan – doosre dharmon ko be izzat ki koshish. Tum puja karte ho hazaron janver aur cheeze ke samne, haath se bani cheeze. Bhen chod. ma chod, Hindu log, sabse ganday log hain. Tum ganga ke nare mein nahaate hain, pishap aur pakhana kartein hain, kitne saray? Chutia log hain hindu log, aur sab duniya ko jaanta hai. America mein tunharay log sirf ek mazak hai, 7-11 walay. Australia mein, tunharay logon ko maar detainhai, UK, Canada, poora Africa, Europe, duniya bhar – nafrat karte hein ganday, bepak, besurat, aur zalil hindu logon ko.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  13. apartisan

    Muslims seem to be a problem where ever they go when they don't try to fit in. They bring their religeon and spread it like a disease, which includes believing non-muslims are infidels. Many hate the U.S. because we support Israel, and think waging war on Jews and innocent people is acceptable. It's time to put out the UNWELCOME mat!

    September 1, 2011 at 11:19 am |
    • Stayxsie Johnson

      I 100% agree with you...and the radical Christian right is the same way, let's throw out an unwelcome mat for them also, as. The are trying to bring there own sharia law to MY country also

      September 1, 2011 at 11:33 am |
  14. IndyJim

    There is a ride at Cedar Pointe that does not allow even earrings to be worn during the ride. When I got off the ride, with my ears burning from the force of being thrown side to side up against the head protection area I could see why. What was ear burn would have been ear blood otherwise.

    God does not mind you taking off your head gear to get on an amusement park ride. If you think he does, you sure don't have much faith to begin with in my opinion.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  15. PATEL

    I heard somewhere 50% of Muslims can't read. Maybe they should have put pictures up for them.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Anti Christian Taliban Schizophrenics


      I heard somewhere 50% of Muslims can't read. Maybe they should have put pictures up for them.

      Sounds like a personal problem if they cannot read. Their choice to remain ignorant.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:41 am |
    • Awkward Situations

      Fabulous. Where did you "hear" this from? Also, what language?

      Don't invoke statistics unless you're prepared to cite your source.

      Pet peeve of mine.. when people abuse numbers.

      September 1, 2011 at 12:43 pm |
  16. Mohammad in St. Louis

    This is deeply upsetting, and very flawed. Is it better to have a 1% chance of your scarf going in someone's eyes and a 1 in a million chance of blinding them or a 100% chance of losing your dignity. My wife should never show her face, and especially her hair to any man but me. It is ridiculous to me, and most Muslims in our suburb here in Missouri that Americans can do stuff like this, and then call Muslims terrorists because they kill Christian and Jewish children.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:13 am |
    • RProseus

      Hey moron, try reading the article next time instead of rambling on. SAFETY PRECAUTION, do you get it? No? Then go back to whatever 3rd wold hole you crawled out of

      September 1, 2011 at 11:15 am |
    • Stayxsie Johnson

      Are you that ignorant? Scarves can come lose on rides and wrap themselves around wheels and bars and snap someones neck! if your so worried about someone seeing your wive face and hair Why don't you lock her I your compound and not allow her to come outside. You Muslims walk a thin line of being tolerated, either join our culture, or go somewhere else.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:24 am |
    • PATEL

      No one wants to see you wifes face either.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • my6cents

      Your rules and customs are foolish to most of the rest of the world. Sure , we'll all take the chance of being blinded so your wife can keep her dignity? And if it flew off during the ride i guess you would have to kill her because you were shamed.
      Don't like the rules here , go back to your homeland.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:29 am |
    • dscot

      Orlando Universal Studios alone has about 15 million visitors each year. Most will ride a roller coaster of some type, and some will ride repeatedly. So if 1 in 15 of those roller coaster riders is a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf, then a 1 in a million incidence of blindness means every year an innocent person unnecessarily loses their eyesight at that single amusement park, and dozens would be blinded nationwide. If your wife wants to protect herself from the indignity of removing her headscarf, then fine - she should refrain from engaging in activities where her headscarf would pose a threat to the safety of others.

      September 1, 2011 at 2:30 pm |
  17. Terri

    WHEN IN ROME........

    September 1, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  18. Robert

    All different "races".

    September 1, 2011 at 11:13 am |
  19. DMNBronx

    First of all, there's nothing in the Koran that says a woman must cover her head - it is more tradition than anything else. Secondly, if there is a rule against head gear for going on rides, the rule should be followed. They wouldn't have this rule if they didn't think that any head gear would cause a hazard on a ride - and we've had too many incidents with rides (deaths, injuries) to mess around with this!

    September 1, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • PATEL

      I dont get it.... It seems like Muslims LOVE rules.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:31 am |
    • Smarty Pants

      why do Hindus love cow urine?


      September 2, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
    • Smarty Pants

      wearing the veil is Islam is not just cultural, it is manditory on women in the Qur'an and believe it or not, in the Bible too:

      1 Corinthians 11:6 For if a woman will not veil herself, then she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil.

      Yet Christians have left the Bible, and practice what they will instead of what God wills. An easy solution to the hijabulous issue is that theme parks abolish their anti-head gear laws, and instead post a sign that states: "on this ride, your head-gear WILL get lost". Any Muslim woman who wears a veil will think twice about riding, because she may lose her hijab, and expose her hair, thus violating her creed. People drop all kinds of crap off of roller-coasters, a veil poses no more of a threat than a sweater, hat, and absolutely not as bad as a cell phone or camera.

      the end.

      September 2, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  20. alisha12

    I understand you jampalm but we should have objection on individual actions or if one is carrying things that are hazardous to public. I have been to all sorts of theme parks including Bush garden, Disney, unversal. I personally have not see this "headgear" policy. I don't wear head gear or I am muslim. I am proud US citizen. This is the beauty of our country and we don't want to spoil the same with these meaningless news. Shame on Rye Playland management team!!

    September 1, 2011 at 11:11 am |
    • cronewinter

      Alisha12, and if the woman's scarf had come undone and caused serious damage what would you say. Safety rules are for everyone, if a fanatic cannot obey the rules then they need to go somewhere where the rule does not apply.

      September 1, 2011 at 11:17 am |
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