Barbershop Battle: Is refusing haircuts a religious right, or gender discrimination?

This past June, Faith McGregor was denied a men's-stye haircut at Terminal Barber Shop. The reason: the owners Omar Mahrouk and Karim Saaden say their Muslim faith does not allow them to touch women they're not related to.

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  1. Shortly after being denied a hair cut at the Bay Street barber shop, McGregor filed a complaint with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. The story itself, though, didn't make it to the papers till this month. On November 3, Xtra! ran a feature on the issue by staff reporter Andrea Houston: 
  2. Toronto Star's Tim Alamenciak followed up this week:
  3. And then things heated up on Twitter yesterday. Whose rights trump whose? And need there be a hierarchy? Here's are some comments that stuck out for us. 
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