Norwegian stylist Merete Hodne was caught between a rock and a hard place when a 24-year-old Muslim woman, Malika Bayan, came into her salon back in 2016 to have her hair styled.
In accordance with Shariah law, she needed to have no men present to undo her hijab and uncover her hair to be styled. So she demanded Hodne remove all men from the premises.
Hodne, a stylist for both men and women, couldn’t comply without discriminating. Her response, however, was a little over the top.
According to the Express, she literally said she didn’t “want this evil inside the doors where I’m in charge,” which was discrimination, according to local authorities.
“I fear the totalitarian symbol of the hijab which says that I should be killed, and for me, it is quite unnatural to provide good service in my situation. As most people know hijab-clad women do not get to show their hair to men. My salon is a men and women’s hair salon,” she said.
“It would have been deeply discriminatory if I had banished men from the lounge because of a woman who could not show her hair to them,” she said. She has already been fined for discrimination, but she wasn’t budging.
“Evil is Islam’s ideology, Mohammedanism, and the hijab are symbols of this ideology, like the swastika is for Nazis. I’m not afraid to lose but I won’t pay for something that is wrong,” she said. “I’ll appeal to the court of human rights. I have dedicated my life to this. I’m not a racist. I am a political activist fighting against Mohammedanism of Europe. It’s not Muslims I’m critical of.”
“If hijab are welcome in all other haircutting salons in the country, it shouldn’t be a problem if they are not welcome at my business. I have plenty of experience and can do my job, but there are many other hairdressers who also can,” she said.
The spread of fundamental Islam is a serious societal issue, and people need to realize that they cannot force other people to change their lives in accordance to their beliefs.