01 Apr '16 20:18>
Originally posted by Duchess64Yes. That is what I am saying.
I don't understand what you mean. Are you saying that it's 'not a matter of choice'
whether or not someone believes a religion is true?
I know some people who were brought up as Muslims and sincerely believed that Islam is true. Then they stopped believing that Islam is true and made a choice to change their religion.
Did they make a choice to stop believing or merely make a choice to stop pretending to believe after they stopped believing?
I also know some Muslim women who don't insist on wearing hijab all the time in public.
So do I. But that does not mean that there are not Muslim women who believe that it is a requirement of their religion ie that there will be dire consequences for them should they fail to wear it. In such cases I would not say they are choosing to wear it any more than an adult chooses to wear clothes when they go out on the street. You could choose to walk around naked, but there would be consequences.
If she feels strongly enough about it that she wears it during ballet practice, then it seems that it is important to her. Now it is entirely possible that she is doing it for social reasons not religious ones but I am not a mind reader so I give her the benefit of the doubt.
My stance is that if specific clothing is required for a job then an employer may refuse to hire someone who refuses to wear the clothing. If specific clothing is not required for the job, then employers should not discriminate. In this case a good argument can be made that specific clothing is a requirement for the job and it is up to the ballet company to decide whether or not to hire her.
I do not think the ballet school should restrict her and only offer advice.