Attorney General Eric Holder has filed suit against an Illinois school district that refused to grant three weeks leave to a Moslem teacher to make the Haj pilgrimage to Mecca. Holder claims it’s a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act (you know, “racism”). Stay tuned for CCHQ’s take on this latest multicultural atrocity from the Left.
Muslim teacher sues U.S. school for denying her three weeks leave to make Haj to Mecca
A school district is being sued for not allowing a Muslim teacher to take unpaid leave to make a pilgrimage to Mecca. The Federal Government has brought the case on behalf of Safoorah Khan, claiming that it is a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
It is the duty of every Muslim to join the million of pilgrims at the Hajj in Mecca at least once in their lifetime – and the middle school teacher had hoped to go in 2008. Khan had started at Berkeley School, in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, in 2007 and asked for unpaid leave of three weeks to visit Saudi Arabia.
After the education district twice denied her request, Khan wrote to the board that ‘based on her religious beliefs, she could not justify delaying performing Hajj’. She resigned shortly thereafter, according to the lawsuit filed in federal court.
Federal prosecutors say the leave was unrelated to her professional duties and was not set forth in the contract between the school district and the teachers’ union, thus violating her civil rights. Berkeley School District compelled Khan to choose between her job and her religious beliefs, the lawsuit said.
The government asked the court to order the school district to adopt policies that reasonably accommodate its employees’ religious practices and beliefs, and to reinstate Khan with back pay and also pay her compensatory damages.
In November 2008, Khan filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which found reasonable cause that discrimination had occurred and forwarded the matter to the U.S. Justice Department. The school district would not comment.
Two things that should jump out at you: Barack Obama will spare no effort in kissing up to the Moslem world, and Moslems in the West slowly worming their sharia law into our system. Slowly but surely, the Left is mainstreaming the fringe. That’s what they do. That’s ALL they do.
Mind you, this is the same Eric Holder who refused to prosecute the New Black Panthers for a clear-cut case of voter intimidation back in ’08. The accused are black, the complainants were white– enough said about that. Yet he finds time in his busy schedule to apply the might of the federal government to sue a school district for this. A Leftist, after all, has his priorities!
The next thing that should kick you in the gut is the irony of these Leftists– who spare no effort in subverting Christian religious holidays in our schools, all for the sake of “inclusion” and “separation of church and state”– suing on behalf of a Moslem teacher who wants to travel to Mecca for a religious pilgrimage, a “holy” city where virtually all of this teacher’s students are considered filthy kaffirs/infidels, and are therefore unwelcome. How very “inclusive”, wouldn’t you say! You could get your head chopped off for traveling to Mecca without express permission if you aren’t a Moslem. Nice field trip that would make!
Finally, the length of time this woman is asking for– THREE WEEKS — would normally be considered immensely disruptive to any classroom which then has to settle for a substitute teacher to make due while she’s gone. This apparently matters less than a damn to this “caring” school teacher, and even less to the Eric Holder. Ain’t multiculturalism just grand! Gotta love the Left and politically correct garbage they keep coming up with.