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megimoo
03-23-2011, 08:44 AM
BERKELEY, Ill. ó 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 districtís 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.

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 Khanís behalf was part of a broader Obama administration campaign to reach out to Muslims


http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/justice-department-sues-on-behalf-of-muslim-teacher-triggering-debate/2010/07/28/ABfSPtEB_story.html?hpid=z5

FBIGuy
03-23-2011, 09:23 AM
BERKELEY, Ill. ó 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 districtís 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.

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 Khanís behalf was part of a broader Obama administration campaign to reach out to Muslims


http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/justice-department-sues-on-behalf-of-muslim-teacher-triggering-debate/2010/07/28/ABfSPtEB_story.html?hpid=z5

A muslim has their whole life to make the pilgrimage to mecca. She could easily have gone next year or the year after or when ever there was more coverage at work. No violation of any civil rights here. This is obviously the justice department catering to muslims.

fettpett
03-23-2011, 09:26 AM
she can do it in the summer, they get 3 months off anyway. Get to work

Odysseus
03-23-2011, 09:39 AM
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.
Apparently, being a teacher means that you can run off to Mecca, or camp out in the Wisconsin State Capitol, or pretty much do anything besides stand in front of a classroom and teach.


A muslim has their whole life to make the pilgrimage to mecca. She could easily have gone next year or the year after or when ever there was more coverage at work. No violation of any civil rights here. This is obviously the justice department catering to muslims.
And I'm sure that Holder would have no problem mentioning Islam in this context, as opposed to when he was asked about what motivates terrorists.


she can do it in the summer, they get 3 months off anyway. Get to work
The Hajj happens at a specific time of the year. The request was not entirely out of line, but the lawsuit is absurd. This is simply creeping Sharia.

Phillygirl
03-23-2011, 10:13 AM
3 weeks off after only 9 months on the job for a non-emergency non-medical reason? Yeah, bullshit.

Odysseus
03-23-2011, 10:39 AM
3 weeks off after only 9 months on the job for a non-emergency non-medical reason? Yeah, bullshit.

Exactly. She could have done it any time in her life, as FBIGuy pointed out. Can anyone imagine an Orthodox Jew demanding all of Passover off after nine months on the job?

I'm currently reading a very scary book on the history of Islamic expansion, and basically, Islam expands into a new area in three stages: First, a small community is established, either as traders or refugees, then that community expands through intermarriage and providing a base to which others can immigrate. Second, that community establishes local hegemony and begins to make demands on the larger community or threaten it into making concessions which empower the Muslims. The third stage is violent jihad. This follows the pattern of Mohammed, who went to Medina from Mecca as an alledged refugee (although in actuality, the Meccans treated him far better than he treated them), then established his enclave and began to raid caravans to Mecca and build up his strength. Eventually, his followers were numerous enough for him to begin to conquer the neighboring tribes, which he slaughtered and enslaved.

This case is clearly part of stage two. In Europe, we're beginning to see stage three. The violence that Muslims visit upon non-Muslims in places like Sweden is no different from the violence that Mohammed visited upon the tribes of Medina when he began to feel secure enough to inflict it.