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Monday, August 16, 2010

Religious Attire

I thought this was interesting:
Bublanski’s statistics were good in terms of the number of cases he had solved, and he was held in high esteem by his colleagues. But they also considered him a bit odd, partly because he was Jewish. On certain high holy days he had been seen wearing a yarmulke in the corridors of police headquarters. This had occasioned a comment from a police commissioner, soon after retired, who was of the opinion that it was inappropriate to wear a yarmulke in police headquarters, in the same way he found it inappropriate for a policeman to wear a turban on duty. There was no further discussion about the matter. A journalist heard the comment and started asking questions, at which point the commissioner quickly repaired to his office.
From The Girl Who Played With Fire by Steig Larsson, P. 190 in the hardback version, P. 235 in the paperback. Religious wear, Jews & Muslims, where do you draw the line?

All three of the books in the series are very fine. They are the story of an odd girl, Lisbeth Salander, and an aggressive/successful journalist. Lisbeth is my kind of hero.

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