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OBAMA SIDES WITH SHARIA IN PHILLY SCHOOLS
« on: March 07, 2014, 11:43:48 PM »
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OBAMA SIDES WITH SHARIA IN PHILLY SCHOOLS

Posted on March 7, 2014 by PatriotsBillboard
   
Obama Administration Promoting Sharia-Compliance in Philadelphia Public School

“U.S. Justice Dept. sues Philly school district over beard-length rule,” Philly.com, March 5, 2014 (thanks to Mick):

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the School District of Philadelphia, claiming a rule regulating the length of employees’ beards constitutes religious discrimination.

According to the suit filed Wednesday, the district in October 2010 instituted a new grooming policy preventing school police officers and security guards from having beards longer than a quarter of an inch.

School police officer Siddiq Abu-Bakr maintained an untrimmed beard for the 27 years he worked at the district, the suit states. Abu-Bakr is a member of the Islamic faith, which he says requires that he not cut his beard.

When Abu-Bakr notified his supervisor his religious beliefs precluded him from complying with the new policy, he was allegedly issued a written reprimand cautioning that continued violation of the rule would result in “further disciplinary action.”

Though, according to the suit, Abu-Bakr provided district officials with a letter from his imam confirming his religion prohibited him from trimming his beard, the district allegedly responded his request was outweighed by “the integrity of the policy.”

The lawsuit claims the district failed to consider Abu-Bakr’s request for “reasonable accommodation” to its grooming policy. The district instead denied the request without showing that complying would cause undue hardship, according to the suit.

Prosecutors said Abu-Bakr filed a religious discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which referred the matter to the Justice Department after determining there was reasonable cause to support the allegation.

Through the suit, filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the United States is seeking that the district be required to create new grooming policies that don’t discriminate against employees. The lawsuit is also seeking monetary damages for Abu-Bakr and others who are similarly situated.

“No employee should be forced to violate his religious beliefs in order to earn a living,” Spencer Lewis Jr., district director of the EEOC’s Philadelphia District Office, said in a statement. “Modifying a dress or grooming code is a reasonable accommodation that enables employees to keep working without posing an undue hardship on the employer.”

Representatives of the School District of Philadelphia could not be immediately reached for comment Wednesday night.

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Re: OBAMA SIDES WITH SHARIA IN PHILLY SCHOOLS
« Reply #1 on: March 07, 2014, 11:44:18 PM »
Our justice department doesn't have anything more important to worry about?
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Re: OBAMA SIDES WITH SHARIA IN PHILLY SCHOOLS
« Reply #2 on: March 07, 2014, 11:58:42 PM »
This isn't a matter of siding with sharia, it's a matter of enforcing the anti-discrimination laws already on the books.  A hasidic jew in NYC won a similar case in 2013.  He had been fired because, the NYPD claimed, his beard - which he also cannot trim for religious reasons - violated the NYPD's one-millimeter regulation on facial hair.  That wasn't a matter of siding with hasidic law in the NYPD, it was a matter of the anti-discrimination laws and the Constitution.

The interesting point in that opinion was that the judge noted that the NYPD might have a basis for its regulation - namely that facial hair would interfere with wearing a gas-mask - but still ruled against the NYPD because the one-millimeter thing sounded more like an afterthought excuse for the firing rather than a bona fide regulation.  It's interesting because it implies that the NYPD might have gotten away with it if they had really created it as a bona fide regulation.

It's also interesting as far as this case is concerned because it underscores the fact that a government agency might get away with the discrimination if it could show an undue hardship to carrying out the agency's mission would result in the absence of the discrimination.  It's interesting in that light because applying that rule to this case means that the school cop is very likely to win this case.


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