This is 16 year old Lydia Playfoot, she has been taken to court by her school and her crime? she dared to wear a ring to school that symbolises chastity in the Christian religion, its what is called a purity ring and it means the person wearing it believes in chastity before marriage. Yesterday Lydia lost her case in court and was told to abide by school rulings against the wearing of religious symbols, her family is facing court fees of £20,000. Lydia's argument is that if Muslim girls are allowed to wear hijab and Hindus are allowed to wear bangles then why is she not allowed to wear something that symbolises her strong Christian belief! there has been a lot of debates online and on the radio about this case and in most cases people have stood by Lydia but the worrying thing is that many people seem to be directing their anger towards Muslims instead of the authorities, many said that Muslims are allowed this and that (other religions were hardly mentioned) and there seems to be a lot of resentment towards Muslims.
My view on this which is the view of many Muslims I know or heard speaking on the radio: Lydia has our full support, what is the problem with wearing a small Christian ring or cross? why is it deemed wrong by that school and supported by court to show your strong Christian belief? its not as if she came to school with a rude tatoo and very revealing clothes!
Decisions like that do create anger and resentment against other religious minorities who in most cases give full support to decent people like Lydia.