To protest the anti-Muslim rhetoric of this presidential campaign, high school counselor Martha DeVries decided to wear a hijab in public every Monday. DeVries, 47, attends a Baptist church and identifies as “a follower of Jesus,” but said she felt a responsibility to outwardly display her acceptance of Muslims and refugees.
In the January/February 2016 issue of Herald, Baptist News Global’s magazine, where her story first appeared, she said, “We have a lot of immigrants living close to the high school where I work,” adding that when the weather’s nice the local park “looks like the United Nations.”
DeVries said she also felt inspired by a sermon her pastor delivered on making a difference. She started in December and hasn’t received any negative comments on the street or in the school. But one commentator who read her story on Facebook wrote: “Just wait till they make you wear that, or they chop off your head if you don’t agree with that.” READ MORE