A senior scout leader who was expelled from his job after criticising other leaders wearing the full face Islamic veil in front of children has launched a lawsuit against the Scout Association.
Brian Walker compared the Muslim garment to the costume of Star Wars character Darth Vader, and suggested it could hider communication and even frighten young children, the Bristol Post reports.
Mr. Walker made his critical comments in a letter to the Scout Association’s official magazine, after the publication promoted and defended scouting leaders wearing the full-face coverings in front of children.
A Muslim scouting leader named as Zainab had told the Spring 2017 edition of the magazine: “A couple of times we’ve been out on hikes in our hijabs and neckers, and people have come up to us and given us a lot of positive comments.
Defending his comments, he told the Bristol Post: