Eric Holder’s priorities sure are odd. He’s shown no interest in investigating the union goons and community organizers plotting the destruction of the American economy. He’s dropped a solid case against Black Panthers who wielded knight sticks at a Philadelphia polling place. Yet the Department of Justice is using the resources of the American people to sue a school district who wants a Muslim teacher to make her trip to Mecca on her own time.
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. 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 Khan’s behalf was part of a broader Obama administration campaign to reach out to Muslims.
Ya think?!? The teacher could have gone on this trip at any time in her life. But she waited until she had a job so she had the money to pay for it. Now she wants to go during the school year? What about the children? Isn’t this administration supposed to be all about the kids and education? If so, why would they sue so teachers can up and leave for weeks at a time in the middle of the school year?
Mona Charen says it’s no wonder the administration is seeing religious discrimination under every mattress – they’re going out of their way to manufacture it! Good grief.