From Truth and Action
When a Christian decides not to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding the grounds that it goes against their religion, they are sued for refusing to do the job. One would think that the same would happen when a Muslim truck driver refuses to make a delivery of alcohol because it goes against his religion. He would be sued for refusing to do his job.
Apparently. this isn’t the case. In fact, the exact opposite is the case. The employer is being sued for asking them to do it in the first place.
This double standard is crazy, but probably not that surprising. While the Social Justice Warriors of the world will pounce on any opportunity to tear down Christians and ridicule religious liberty legislation, they run to the defense of any non-Chsitrian in similar predicaments, ignoring the irony that the circumstances are exactly the same.
Of course, perhaps the biggest misguided Social Justice Warrior in the world is Barack Obama himself, which explains why his Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is behind the legal proceedings.
While all citizens are proclaimed to have equal rights under the law, if you’re not a minority, that seems not to be the case. While Christians are sued for practicing their religion, Muslim employees are having their employers sued for not being able to practice their religion.
As a former over-the-road truck driver, I understand that there are times when you might be less than thrilled with a particular load. You might not like where you have to pick it up, where it is going, the road to be traveled, or possibly for a Muslim, the product you are transporting.
If the driver chooses to voice those concerns, the answer in most cases would be the same. In some form or other, the he would be told to deal with it, reminded of the delivery time and the conversation would be over.
That was the case recently for two Muslim truck drivers who claim to have felt that their religion precluded them from transporting alcohol. The trucking company didn’t force the issue, but they did make it clear that drivers are expected to take the loads they are assigned and informed them of where to park their rigs. That should have been the end of the story, with both parties free to act within their rights.
That wasn’t the end, though. We’ve entered into a new phase in America, the Totalitarianism of Tolerance, where race-baiters, homosexuals and Muslims are special and deserving of more rights than the common folk.
On behalf of the former drivers, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is suing Star Transportation for failing to accommodate the drivers who refused to do their jobs.
If they had accepted jobs as bartenders and then refused to mix drinks, would the EEOC have acted in the same manner? Delivering alcohol is part of the duties these guys signed up for. If they don’t like it, they are free to go to work somewhere that doesn’t transport alcohol. They chose the wrong company. Things happen.
Of course, its but another example of the hypocrisy of those on the left. While they pretend to be the party that protects all, they only care about the protection of minorities… or at least pandering to them for votes.
In the end, Obama and his Muslims won the case!
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.”