The Justice Department is suing an illinois town’s school board over its refusal to allow a Muslim teacher three weeks paid leave so she could join the annual pilgrimage to Mecca. From an article today in the Washington Post:
BERKELEY, Ill. — 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 district’s decision amounted to outright discrimination against Khan.
Some think the suit is so absurd that it’s more of an attempt by the Obama administration to ingratiate itself with Muslims than it is an actual lawsuit.
I mean, I feel a little guilty taking my one or two Jewish holiday days off. Actually, it’s a little easier now, since I work for myself and the boss is quite understanding.
This woman has every right to partake in the Haj, but she doesn’t have a right to a specific job. Are we really going to allow anyone, anytime to break away from work for three weeks so they can head to Mecca?
I suppose I could have walked into my boss and said I had to take leave because Moses had commanded me to spend nine months working out so I could part the Red Sea next year.
We need to be considerate of people’s religions, but at some point we hit the mark of absurdity.
Which is where Eric Holder walks in.