08 September 2018

Pay-off for Scout leader expelled for making ‘Darth Vader’ veil remark

A Scout master dismissed for comparing a Muslim leader who wore a niqab face veil to the Star Wars villain Darth Vader has accepted damages and legal costs from the Scouts.

Brian Walker, 63, received a payment of £1,500 in an out-of-court settlement, and withdrew a discrimination claim due to go to court in Bristol in November.

.... This weekend Walker, an assistant Explorer Scout leader who was involved with Scouting for 52 years, said he would donate the sum to the Christian Legal Centre, to spend on cases challenging anti-Christian discrimination.

.... He singled out an article featuring a female Muslim scout leader said to be taking girls canoeing while wearing a full Islamic veil. He wrote: “Hello! Canoeists don’t dress like this . . . because they need all-round unobstructed vision . . . Of course they will most likely drown wearing that Darth Vader tent!” [The Times (£)] Read more