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Published: Monday, Sept. 19 2011 11:00 p.m. MDT

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Cottonwood Heights, UT

This young lady is to be applauded. Her attitude is magnificent and this to me is an example of how things should be. We are all strong united, regardless of our faiths. Excellent article.

Bountiful, UT

France is right, such dress ought to be discouraged.

The problem is that many women are forced to wear this garb. There have been several honor killings on teen girls that didn't want to live the Moslem religion. This seemingly happy girl doesn't realize the damage she is doing to future girls that don't want to be different but just want to be like everyone else.

If she wants to be different let her do charity. Let her excel in her studies and then help her class mates in their studies. Wearing these clothes only draws attention to herself.

Saint George, UT

You go, girl!


Good for her. She should love it here. I think her Mormon friends and team mates can understand her better than most.

Sandy, UT

I hope we see the extreme clothing some Muslims wear change over time to a more appropriate reflection of the purpose of the clothing. Modesty is to be applauded and respected, but when you see the extreme covering of hair and head, and often times (though not in this case apparently) the entire face with the exception of the eyes, there is a sense of fanatacism that is, I believe, unhealthy for girls and women.

The purpose of the clothing is modesty according to the Muslims I know, and can be achieved with much less than the full covering of head and face. The limitation of color has to do with humility which again, can be achieved without only black or white. There is a strange line that is crossed when it changes from a reflection of someone's belief in modesty and humility and becomes a verdict judging a particular girl's or woman's worthiness to exist based upon how severely she adheres to a dress code. I have personally seen this happen, right here in Utah, where women are disgraced and live in fear because of husbands who demand a bizarre standard.

Joan Watson

The word 'modesty' seems to be little understood in the clothing that many young girls, and also women wear these days. One can well admire and applaud this young Moslem girl for her adherance to her standards and religion.

Irony Guy
Bountiful, Utah

Leave her alone. She'd be considered immodest in Afghanistan and crazy in Beverly Hills. Everyone has their own standards. As long as she's comfortable, whose business is it but hers?


Readers may want to Google "Islam: What the West Needs to Know" and watch the video.

It certainly is an eye-opener.

Montana Mormon
Miles City, MT

As a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I "claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of [my] own conscience, and allow all men [all people] the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what they may." I respect this young lady's decision and commend her coach and teammates, who have been supportive of her decision to practice her religion as she sees fit. That is as it should be.

Farmington, UT

I could not disagree more with cjb, and I applaud this young woman living her religious convictions even when others who obviously don't understand the religion criticize and suggest that you are doing damage to the future of women. What a silly comment, cjb.

Salt Lake City, UT

"This seemingly happy girl doesn't realize the damage she is doing to future girls that don't want to be different but just want to be like everyone else.

Oh sure, criticize the very obviously moderate Muslim family that I'm sure finds the notion of honor killings to be abhorent. What kind of message does that send to future girls? 'Sorry but we're going to assume the worst of your family because you don't conform to what we want?'

And do I really have to remind you that the majority religion in this state has articles of clothing that are required to be worn too?

John Loveland

Good for Serene. And good for her teammates and the athletic association, too. Religious tolerance is an example of true patriotism.

Colorado Reader
Littleton, CO

"Good for her. She should love it here. I think her Mormon friends and team mates can understand her better than most."

Some of her Mormon friends could also take a lesson from her. I am SHOCKED at what some Mormon girls will wear and still think themselves modest. I guess the standards don't always apply to everyone. I am glad this girl stands firm. I really respect and admire that. You don't have to agree with the "extreme clothing" to admire the commitment and obedience to her beliefs.

Sandy, UT

Good for this young lady! I wish some of the girls I see at church with skirts a foot or more above their knees would learn from her example.

Atlanta, GA

I also applaud the Deseret News for upholding religious expression for people who are not Mormon.

Salt Lake City, UT

Imposition of modesty standards is just another way that men use to dominate women. Islamic men are not required to cover themselves in the same way that women are. Why is that? Women are made to feel that there is something wrong with their bodies and themselves and that they need to hide themselves under layers of clothing. We should be promoting equality between the sexes and not celebrating discriminatory practices. "Modesty is a vastly overrated virtue"-Galbraith

Brave Sir Robin
San Diego, CA

cjb, are you LDS? If so, then you should probably understand and not criticize somebody else for wearing special religious clothing.

Mesa, AZ

Love this article! We should focus on and praise the dedication of our youth today!

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Ms Molli
Bountiful, Utah

Colorado Reader, I agree with your point.

Petunia Blossom

Living in the South, we have seen Christian Pentecostal youth - both young men and young women - wear clothing for modesty with their school basketball or volleyball uniforms. All people should be free to live their faith in our country without ridicule - whether Muslim or Christian.

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