Muslim Woman Assaults Photographer, Toronto Police Say It's OK
By AUSTIN CLINE - ABOUT.COM
Added: Sun, 14 Aug 2011 21:06:53 UTC
You have a legal right to photograph anything you see in public, assuming you are also on public property. Do you lose this right if you happen to see a religious person who objects to being photographed for religious reasons? You shouldn't, but apparently you do in Toronto.
According to Toronto photographer David Menzies, Toronto police let a Muslim woman assault him because she had "religious objections" to his taking photographs in public that might include her. Apparently, her desire to break his camera was part of what made her violent physical assault legal.
Suddenly, a woman wearing a hijab ran toward me. She was part of a group that included two women wearing full face-covering burkas. She was screaming: "We are Muslim! You do not take pictures of us!" (Odd. I can't find the "no photos" rule in the Qur'an.)
I informed the lady I was in a public square in a democracy. I can actually take pictures of whomever I please.
And then: Ka-pow! Her fist collided with my face. Worse, she almost knocked my new camera from my hands.
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