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DOJ Sues On Behalf Of Muslim Teacher

In the rush of events we have not yet gotten to this story from last week, via a surprisingly questioning Washington Post:

Justice Department sues on behalf of Muslim teacher, triggering debate

By Jerry Markon, Tuesday, March 22, 2011

BERKELEY, Ill. — Safoorah Khan had taught middle school math for only nine months in this tiny Chicago suburb when she made an unusual request. She wanted three weeks off for a pilgrimage to Mecca.

The school district, faced with losing its only math lab instructor during the critical end-of-semester marking period, said no. Khan, a devout Muslim, resigned and made the trip anyway.

Justice Department lawyers examined the same set of facts and reached a different conclusion: that the school district’s decision amounted to outright discrimination against Khan. They filed an unusual lawsuit, accusing the district of violating her civil rights by forcing her to choose between her job and her faith.

Several questions come to mind. What was Ms. Khan’s urgency here? She was not forced to make any choice. There is a Hajj every year. And since the Muslim calendar slides, it will undoubtedly occur sometime when she would have been off from work for "Winter Festival" anyway.

And why should it take three weeks to go to Mecca? Was she going by boat? Once there, the required rituals, such as devil stoning, can all be performed within three days.

Furthermore, a Muslim is under no obligation to perform a Hajj if they cannot do so because of any significant obstacle – such as one’s job.

Lastly, and most importantly, why should the federal government get involved in such matters? Isn’t this establishing a religion? Or would the Justice Department go to bat for someone who wanted time off to celebrate a pagan holiday like ‘May Day,’ or even a made up holiday such as ‘Festivus’?

As the case moves forward in federal court in Chicago, it has triggered debate over whether the Justice Department was following a purely legal path or whether suing on Khan’s behalf was part of a broader Obama administration campaign to reach out to Muslims.

And by "reach out to" the Washington Post means ‘pander to.’ Besides, how can there be any question over this?

The decision to take on a small-town school board has drawn criticism from conservatives and Berkeley officials, who say the government should not be standing behind a teacher who wanted to leave her students.

And we thought "conservatives" were supposed to be such nuts about religion.

The lawsuit, filed in December, may well test the boundaries of how far employers must go to accommodate workers’ religious practices — a key issue as the nation grows more multicultural and the Muslim population increases

Isn’t it odd, given how many religions are now represented in our country, how many of these problems are being caused by Muslims?

[T]he Obama administration [claim] that they are upholding a sacred principle: the right of every American to be free of religious bias in the workplace. “This was a profoundly personal request by a person of faith,” said Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for civil rights, who compared the case to protecting “the religious liberty that our forefathers came to this country for.”

So the Department Of Justice is now going to become the arbiter of what is a religious right. Indeed, the government is now making itself the judge of what even constitutes a religion.

What is to stop someone from declaring themselves to be an extremely devout Catholic and demanding that they get off from work on every ‘holy day’ every ‘feast day’ and ‘every Saint day’ on the ecclesiastical calendar? (Which make up practically half the year.)

What is to stop someone from making up their own religion, and insisting that they get time off from work whenever it suits them?

Perez denied any political motive in the Berkeley lawsuit, saying it was pursued in part to fight “a real head wind of intolerance against Muslim communities.”

It seems to us that Mr. Perez just admitted that there is a political motive.

People in the rapidly growing Muslim community in Chicago’s western suburbs praised the Justice Department’s involvement.

“It rings the bell of justice that they will fight for a Muslim wanting to perform a religious act,” said Shaykh Abdool Rahman Khan, resident scholar at the Islamic Foundation mosque near Berkeley. “That certainly can win the hearts of many people in the Muslim world.”

Who can doubt that this is an effort to placate Muslims around the world?

Who can doubt that this is another victory for Muslim terrorism?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 25th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

19 Responses to “DOJ Sues On Behalf Of Muslim Teacher”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    a key issue as the nation grows more multicultural

    Use to be the person who immigrated here – ASSIMILATED into American culture and language and not America bending over backward to the immigrants.

    And she chose to quit to do what she wanted to do – Where is the (legal) problem in this one at all.

    Of course, evil white Americans holding down the ‘(wo)man’ just tryin’ to git ahead in this vile sexist, islamicphobe, money oriented plantation of a country (or in this case the only cult given recognition as a religion and protected by the Li(e)brals).

    • wardmama4 says:

      Oops, my bad – I forgot that cult that protests the evil baby killers – they were just handed the keys to the kingdom by the Supremes – instead of being shut down and stopped –

      financial extortionists masquerading as a religion, religious cultists masquerading as a religion, drug dealing human traffiking scum and of course radical terrorists given priority, protection and now the Courts behind them – above the citizens of the Country.

      2012 can’t come fast enough.

  2. Astravogel says:

    What would the Flying Spaghetti Monster do?
    Come on, all ye Pastafarians, strike for your
    religious rights! Government subsidies for the
    meat sauce!

  3. heykev says:

    I will never understand the need to placate these terrorists. As Steve pointed out, there really is no need for the DOJ lawsuit. She chose to quit. Now a small school district is forced to defend itself against the DOJ whose pockets are flush with freshly minted cash.

    I believe this is one of the main reasons the DOJ took her case. They figured that this school district cannot afford the lawsuit.

    On a somewhat related note, I have gotten a temp job working at a distribution center that employs many Muslims. While I have no problem with that, I do have a problem with them getting extra paid breaks than I do. I do not get breaks to pray even though I could make a case that I am a very religious Christian and would love to have some time to pray. I cannot understand why they are given time off to pray and those from other religious persuasions are not.

    And don’t get me started about the inordinate number of Filipino’s working there…

    • wardmama4 says:

      Yeah like the Constitution, laws, reality – apparently the separation of church and state (which no one but li(e)brals can find in the Constitution) only applies to Christians.

      Sad that in America – White, Christian and conservative are not protected by any of the laws – that white, Christian conservatives put into being to protect everyone.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      They acquiesce to muslim demands because they fear them. It’s really not very complicated. They fear less the Christian who works and keep themselves orderly, etc. They know you are 1,000 times less likely to bitch than the muslims. Whiners who build bombs when they get angry are feared. And for the past 40+ years, they have not been told no except by a handful of US leaders.

  4. TerryAnne says:

    I’m picking up whiffs of Scopes here. Remember that one was in a small-town school, too….

    • proreason says:

      Well gee whiz guys…Safoora had already been working 9 months before she demanded her rights.

    • Papa Louie says:

      In 9 months she could have gotten herself pregnant and taken maternity leave. Then she could have gone on Hajj and gotten stoned with the devil.

  5. proreason says:

    Half of what they do is deliberately jamming their thumbs in American eyes.

    Oh they’re pissed off alright. And now that they have the power, the country is going to pay in every conceivable way.

  6. JohnMG says:

    One of the largest mistakes is continuing to use the inappropriately coined term “Justice Department” when discussing this administration’s top law enforcement agency. A quick perusal of the cases filed and against whom they were filed should put the issue in perspective.

    Justice, my ass!

  7. NoNeoCommies says:

    Too bad the Catholic church would refuse to illustrate the absurdity of this situation by committing to an absurdity of their own.
    Imagine the response to the Vatican telling Catholics that they had to take time off to go to Rome and perform some ceremonial rites.
    How quickly would the government and the leftists attack Catholics for trying to take time off for such a pilgrimage?

  8. canary says:

    Obama used the White House for the Mecca Pilgrimage in spite of local mosques honoring the muslim tradition.
    Chicago has a ton of local mosques pilgrimage activities, as cities and countries all over the world practice.

    Do Christians insist on going to Bethlehem for Christmas?
    Do Christians go to Israel for many days of lent and advent?

    My child’s school calender put muslim holdidays, but left off Chrsitian holidays.
    Ashe Wednesday, the school held a big dance on a school night.

    Legally, this (muslim) teacher agreed to a job contract that everyone else must follow.

    Besides that if the muslim beech can afford to take a 3 week trip across the world she doesn’t need a
    teachers jobs.

    I’m telling you, the muslim women in my town are rude obnoxious beechy prima donna’s that go around acting like they have more rights than others. America and the rest of the global world
    belongs to their allah.

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    Kwanzaa is another made up holiday specifically for hyphenated Americans.
    Will the DOJ take up their cause also? Oh, I get it…….They don’t have a pagan
    religion tossed in.
    She quit so this should be the end of it but nOOooooo…..
    So far this regime hasn’t done one damn thing right.

  10. Papa Louie says:

    “It rings the bell of justice that they will fight for a Muslim wanting to perform a religious act…”

    The president’s top counterterrorism adviser, John Brennan has said that “jihad is a holy struggle, a legitimate tenet of Islam”. So does that mean that the Justice Department will also sue to allow Muslim employees to take time off work whenever they want to perform the legitimate religious act of jihad? It seems like the next step to me. I mean, if going on hajj to attack the devil is a protected religious right, then why isn’t the act of going on jihad to attack that “Great Satan” America not a religious right also?

  11. beautyofreason says:

    I’m so glad the Justice Department has their priorities straight.

    I too want to take a month off from work. And I want to wear a full veil that covers my eyes and mouth, forget if the kids remember me as a black sheet instead of a face. And I want all of the boys above the age of 15 to be out of the classroom, because Mohammad said if a man and a woman are in a room together, the third person in the room is Satan. And kids who eat pork for lunch should do so in a separate area, and I want a private prayer room facing Mecca, and, and, and…

    Clearly our ancestors would not have given in to these whiny Muslim bigots. Remember when the Mormons had to give up polygamy (no offense to Mormons) in order to have Utah recognized as a state? I just mean that we as Americans do not have to allow extremist practices to flourish. Wearing a burqa in public is a safety issue (is she hiding a bomb under that skirt? Is she / he criminal who doesn’t want to be identified?) It It isn’t covered under freedom of religion. Neither is an employee suddenly ditching for a month long vacation to a theocratic regime. The employer has rights too.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      I think the motivation for all this is entirely theatrical. That is to say that the muslims keep pushing and pushing to explore where the limits are, knowing that the ignorant, stupid, overwhelmingly ignorant socialists will join in because they have their own agenda which is to push the conservative right into reacting poorly. So far, all they’ve been able to get away with is false accusations of racist bigotry on the part of the right…but…they will continue to push until one right-winger has had enough and they react violently and in the interest of protecting their own rights. Then, the floodgates of “I told you so!” will open and they will use it to jump up and down, pointing and screaming. And, the really aggravating part is that no one has reacted poorly; Instead putting forth reasonable and logical arguments against the muslims. This is fine too since they will just keep pushing and ultimately win their “victory” by concreting over the right.

      This is foolish for two reasons. One, it’s not just conservatives the muslims hate. They hate us all and the first to be violently destroyed, when and if it comes to that, will be the enablers that allowed them all the special separate rights. And two, the intentional destruction of our legal system is the same as a spoiled brat who doesn’t want to clean the dishes so he breaks them all, with the result that no one can eat a meal off a plate, including himself. The socialists, by manipulating law, are making it so that no law will apply that makes any sense. The most obvious paradox here is that sharia brutalizes women, yet the big heroes of NOW and other feminazi organizations turn a blind eye to it and think somehow it’s all great fun when in the US they were absolutely FURIOUS that men would do anything to a woman, real or imagined that somehow demeaned or belittled her. Yet, as seen when Katie (Mothbrain) Couric went to interview some whacko in the middle east, she thought wearing a buhrka was just so “nifty cool” like a special exercise in social studies class.

      It’s beyond surreal and the left has no idea what they are doing. It often appears that they are defending muslims in the same way they feel guilty about “black oppression” which no longer exists but the guilt goes on forever with these people, so they seem to act as though they somehow must kiss their collective ass to “make the world right” as all the while they ignore what their religion teaches and demands of its followers. Here again, they (the socialists) run into religious fundamentalism with the paradox being that they condemn Christians for it while (I guess) thinking that muslims are somehow secular and aren’t violent. First, fundamental Christians aren’t, by nature, violent nor are Christians in general. Also, the socialists seem to act as though “non-practicing” muslims are somehow far superior than Christians with the obvious problem being that, so far as I’ve seen, I’ve never met any non-practicing muslims. And even if they happen to be secular in all senses of the word, they still hate the west and are moving to Europe and the US to take advantage of the open societies we have to use against us.

      We are seeing it every day in Europe and with alarming frequency here in the US. The trend is obvious and the media fails yet again to report on it. I don’t care to elaborate on the many reasons this may be so as I’ve already mentioned one. There are others but they all have to do with sticking it to established conservatives to make them as uncomfortable as possible so they can laugh at us while Achmed cuts off the socialists’ heads. Yes, clearly, as demonstrated over and over, the religion of peace.

      I know we interned Japanese during WWII…and blacks got horrid treatment into the 1960’s. We’re not perfect as a nation but we are more perfect than any other nation for our system of laws, customs and beliefs. Someone here or on another blog mentioned that our little 236 year experiment, perhaps flies in the “natural order” of things in that for thousands of years, humans have organized into oligarchical leadership with some big cheese or cheeses at the top and everyone else serves them. It is rife with corruption, back-stabbing (both literal and figurative) and perhaps it’s an outgrowth of a natural human instinct to use whatever resources are available to destroy the competition. That sounds like the designers and practitioners of socialism to me. A select few at the top get all the neat stuff while everyone else lives in dirt. The ruse, of course is that it’s “for the betterment of all”.

      This is why socialism perpetuates to this day. It is both a very ancient method of controlling the masses and also a way that people can rise to the top, not by being good at anything except licking the boots of the leadership. Lackeys, subservience.

      Well, I’ve gone on far too long but I suppose my biggest frustration is that so many people of the masses actually believe that Reid, Pelosi, etc are actually interested in helping them. And those of us who see that “help” means “give them money/homes/jobs”, etc. then we feel defeated for we all worked hard, fought our own battles and struggled to get somewhere in life. Those who have it handed to them, such as the president, understand neither the responsibilities involved nor the achievement of reaching such a position. In other words they are spoiled, unqualified, contemptible, shallow pricks.

  12. Gladius et Scutum says:

    “It’s beyond sureal and the left has no idea what they are doing…” Let me beg to differ. To quote an old Arab proverb ” The enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Western marxists understand that their are a lot more muslims than there are communists. Islam has some basically socialist tenets, and disdains democracy. They are violent opponets of global capitalism (globalization). These are precisely the type of ally Lenin instructed them to seek out, use, and dispose of later. There is even a leftist term for it : “Jihad versus McWorld” (also a book title).

    For the liberal minions, this is coached in terms of “respecting indigneous cultures” and “understanding victims of Western explotation (imperialism)”, and other such crap. Liberals are forever the witting and unwitting servants of the marxists because – a premise having been accepted, the side advocating the extreme of that position usually win the argument in the long run.

  13. canary says:

    Whatever it takes to keep such a radical muslim teacher away to protect the unbelievers and children in the schools. She needs a one way ticket to Saudi where she belongs. That should make her whole.

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