Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Obama Justice Dept. Sues School District That Denied Teacher 3 Weeks Leave For Haj

The Obama Justice Department filed suit today against the Berkeley School District in Illinois because it denied a teacher three weeks unpaid leave during the school term in order to attend the Haj in Mecca.

The case was brought on behalf of Safoorah Khan, and the Justice Department is claiming that the district is guilty of a violation of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

What happened is that a year after starting her job as a teacher, Khan asked for unpaid leave of three weeks to visit Saudi Arabia to perform the Haj in Mecca.

The Haj to the city of Mecca is a religious duty all Muslims are supposed to perform once in their lifetime if they are able. While there, they prostrate themselves before the Ka'aba and a meteorite known as the Sacred Black Stone and perform rites virtually unchanged since it was a pagan idol dedicated to Lah, the Arabian Moon God.

The district twice denied her request, after which Khan wrote to the board that 'based on her religious beliefs, she could not justify delaying performing Hajj'.

She resigned afterwards, and filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)in November 2008, which just by coincidence happenes to be when Barack Hussein Obama was elected president. The EEOC found reasonable cause that discrimination had occurred and forwarded the matter to the U.S. Justice Department, who's now suing and asking for the court to order the school district to adopt new Muslim -friendly policies, to reinstate Khan with back pay and to pay her damages.

Why she couldn't have waited until she retired or had enough vacation time,personal days and unused sick time accrued after a couple of years to schedule the trip to Saudi Arabia in advance is something known only by herself and her lawyers at the Justice Department.

And then there's this. The Haj lasts all of five days. If you figure in travel time and recovering from jet lag, the most she would have needed is seven days to do this. So why would she insist on needing three weeks?

This smells of someone using a politically sympathetic Justice Department to try to win a victory for special treatment that applies to Muslims only..and milking a situation to make a financial killing.

Just another case of the Obama Administration observing what seems to be it's first commandment - thou shalt appease Islam.

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