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-Obama Justice Department Supports Muslim Hajj as an Employee ‘Civil Right’?

by Dr. D ~ March 30th, 2011

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Is this really a ‘Civil Right’? Can a Muslim demand 3 weeks off to go on a Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca called ‘The Hajj’ and an employer must allow it? According to the Obama administration DOJ –yes.

The DOJ took up the case of Safoorah Khan, a 29-year-old math teacher who taught at the MacArthur Middle School in Berkeley, Ill. whose time off to attend the Hajj during the school year was denied by the school district. The Department of Justice has filed suit against the Berkeley, Ill., School Board in federal court in Chicago, claiming it violated Title Seven of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. The act prohibits an employer from discriminating on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin or religion.

It is Khan’s contention that she asked for an unpaid leave therefore the school district would not have incurred any extra cost in her absence. But the school district said that they needed all of their regular teachers working during that time since the students were taking their finals in one of the weeks in question.

Response: Do employees really have a right to take off any time they want if it has a religious basis to it? If a Christian wanted to go to a church conference and was denied by their employer would the DOJ support them. What about a Jewish person that wanted to go to Israel for 3 weeks is that covered also? Probably not.

In some ways could this ruling single out Muslims for ‘special rights’ if this case is resolved in Khan’s favor? Will ‘the Hajj’ become a regular ‘civil right’ that employers will be forced to acknowledge regardless of the consequences?

Some interesting questions are ahead as Islam becomes a larger part of the American experience.              *Top

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