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Are Muslims receiving more favors?

Posted by on Oct. 29, 2015 at 10:58 AM
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 I don't know if you've been paying attention to the news at all lately but a group of Muslim truckers refused to deliver alcohol for religious reasons and won $240,000 in their lawsuit. It seems odd that it's okay for them to refuse to do their jobs for religious reasons, but yet when a baker refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple for religious reasons, the court ruled against them and said they can't do that. I'm not clear on the differences, why one is okay and one isn't, but there seem to be an awful lot of stories in the news lately where Muslims push for something and get it while other religious people lose.

Are Muslims receiving more favoritism in cases like these, or is it just that the media is covering those stories more than the ones involving Christians or other religions?

 


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KAmamaJ
by Juli on Oct. 29, 2015 at 6:10 PM
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Link? I haven't heard that story before.

I don't think anyone should be able to discriminate or refuse to do their job for 'religious' reasons.
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by Anonymous 1 on Oct. 30, 2015 at 5:42 AM
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I haven't heard that story. We need to start standing up to these people. Start making them obey our govt and company policies. No one else would get away with not doing their jobs. Do you know how many Muslims go out and party? And do the same things we do and then go back to work and cry religion.
What really makes me the angriest, is that we have always had Muslims in our country, sweet, caring hardworking Muslims. Then somehow we end up bringing planes full of these hateful, spite full, wanting everything for nothing Muslims and now our country is hating them all...even the ones we called friends before.
I crack up everytime I hear one demanding something for free and they are turned away. Oh do they get butt hurt
Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 30, 2015 at 9:12 AM

There the Article below.  

Quoting KAmamaJ: Link? I haven't heard that story before. I don't think anyone should be able to discriminate or refuse to do their job for 'religious' reasons.

 

 Jury Awards $240,000 to Muslim Truck Drivers In EEOC Religious Discrimination Suit

Star Transport Fired Truckers for Refusing to Transport Alcohol, Federal Agency Charged

CHICAGO - A federal jury in Peoria, Ill., has awarded $240,000 to two Somalian-American Muslims who were fired from their jobs as truck drivers at Star Transport, an over-the-road trucking company, when they refused to transport alcohol because it violated their religious beliefs, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), which brought the case. The trial started on Oct. 19, and the jury returned its verdict the next day after 45 minutes of deliberation.

Judge James E. Shadid, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois, found in favor of EEOC after Star Transport admitted liability in March 2015. The resulting trial was to determine compensatory and punitive damages and back pay. The jury awarded Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdkiarim Hassan Bulshale $20,000 each in compensatory damages and $100,000 each in punitive damages. Judge Shadid awarded each approximately $1,500 in back pay.

EEOC alleged that in 2009, Star Transport fired Mohamed and Bulshale after they were required to transport alcohol. Both men told Star Transport that they believed doing so would violate their religious beliefs under Islamic law.

EEOC also alleged that Star Transport could have but failed to accommodate the truckers' religious beliefs, as required by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Star Transport, Inc., No. 13-cv-1240) in U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois in Peoria in May 2013.

"EEOC is proud to support the rights of workers to equal treatment in the workplace without having to sacrifice their religious beliefs or practices," said EEOC General Counsel David Lopez. "This is fundamental to the American principles of religious freedom and tolerance."

The case was litigated by EEOC Trial Attorneys Aaron DeCamp and June Calhoun and Supervisory Trial Attorney Diane Smason.

Calhoun said, "This is an awesome outcome. Star Transport failed to provide any discrimination training to its human resources personnel, which led to catastrophic results for these employees. They suffered real injustice that needed to be addressed. By this verdict, the jury remedied the injustice by sending clear messages to Star Transport and other employers that they will be held accountable for their unlawful employment practices. Moreover, they signaled to Mr. Mohamed and Mr. Bulshale that religious freedom is a right for all Americans."

Smason stated, "We are pleased that the jury recognized that these - and all - employees are entitled to observe and practice their faith, no matter what that might be."

Bulshale commented, "This case makes me proud to be American."

Anonymous
by Anonymous 2 on Oct. 30, 2015 at 9:13 AM

 I posted the link go look.

Quoting Anonymous 1: I haven't heard that story. We need to start standing up to these people. Start making them obey our govt and company policies. No one else would get away with not doing their jobs. Do you know how many Muslims go out and party? And do the same things we do and then go back to work and cry religion. What really makes me the angriest, is that we have always had Muslims in our country, sweet, caring hardworking Muslims. Then somehow we end up bringing planes full of these hateful, spite full, wanting everything for nothing Muslims and now our country is hating them all...even the ones we called friends before. I crack up everytime I hear one demanding something for free and they are turned away. Oh do they get butt hurt

 

helen491
by on Oct. 30, 2015 at 9:25 AM
50 states with fifty different laws. I think they are similar situations also. I also think it was reported to contrast how muslim beliefs are given more power in their beliefs as opposed to christian beliefs.
BL2010
by BL on Oct. 30, 2015 at 9:53 AM

That is freakin' ridiculous.

karene999
by Member on Oct. 31, 2015 at 10:30 AM
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I heard about that lawsuit and the one against target. The employee refused to ring up pork products so they switched the employee to a different position in the store and the employee sued. Not to mention the Hispanics who sued their employer over not posting things in spanish.

The world has gone crazy over political correctness. Not sure about the answer to your question, but the constant political correctness is ridiculous.

Anonymous
by Anonymous 3 on Oct. 31, 2015 at 11:19 AM
I personally think that the islamophobia our country is facing is giving it more of a spotlight than ever before. Growing up, my school had to take down it's Christmas tree because the Jehovas Witnesses complained. It never made the news but now I read in the news how it's all because of 'Muslims' that schools can't have Christmas trees. The community I grew up in only had one Muslim family and they never said a word because they believe in Jesus, they just didn't celebrate Christmas the same way nor would they have given anyone else any issue over celebrating how they please.
While I think the Target lawsuit is ridiculous because they did accommodate the employee, this trucking company could have easily switched routes with these men and it never would have made a ripple in the news. I'm tired of reading articles that if you swapped the words 'Muslim' with 'Christian' would either be offensive or not worth writing about.
Wishing the world was simply a little kinder to each other whether we believe as others do or not.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 4 on Oct. 31, 2015 at 11:31 AM
Yes, it is bullshit.
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by Anonymous 4 on Oct. 31, 2015 at 11:31 AM
Yes, it is bullshit.
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