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Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Muslim In Headscarf Case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 1 that a Muslim woman who was denied a job at retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wears a headscarf has the right to sue the company.

The high court reinstated a lawsuit claiming that Abercrombie violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when it declined to hire Samantha Elauf, a practicing Muslim who wears a headscarf for religious reasons. The company’s decision was based on its “look policy,” which prohibits employees from wearing hats and other head coverings. Read more

Muslim Leader’s Prayer Invitation Sparks Fuss In North Dakota

A Muslim cleric scheduled to deliver a prayer before the North Dakota House of Representatives had his invitation rescinded after some lawmakers expressed objections to a non-Christian giving a prayer on Ash Wednesday.

The invocation was to be given Feb. 18 by Dr. Nadim Koleilat, a urology transplant surgeon and president of the Bismarck Muslim Community Center. He was allowed to address the North Dakota Senate that day instead.

The Grand Forks Herald reported that Koleilat’s message to the Senate was broadly non-sectarian and did not employ terms specific to Islam. Read more

Hypocrisy Alert: Ex-Christian Coalition Staffer Now Opposes Religious Control Of Courts – At Least For Muslims

When it comes to the Religious Right, the hypocrisy never ceases to amaze me.

Yesterday, on the eve of the Muslim observance of Ramadan, The New York Times published a story detailing the leaders and groups behind the recent push for anti-Shariah laws in state legislatures, and – shocker! – one is former Christian Coalition Field Director Guy Rodgers. Read more

A-OK!: Judge Puts Temporary Block On Anti-Shariah Amendment

We have some good news out of Oklahoma today.  A federal judge has put a temporary stop to the so-called “Save Our State Amendment” – Oklahoma’s anti-Shariah amendment.

The measure, which passed with 70 percent of the vote on Nov. 2, revises the state constitution so that “courts shall not look to the legal precepts of other nations or cultures. Specifically, the courts shall not consider international law or Sharia Law.” Read more

Sharia Charade: Oklahoma Ballot Measure Reflects Religious Intolerance

In just six days, Oklahoma voters will decide whether they want to write religious intolerance into their state’s constitution.

That’s what they will be doing if they vote “yes” for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit courts from considering “sharia” – Islamic law – when deciding cases. Since our Constitution already separates religion and government, this proposal has no legitimate purpose.

Supporters are simply fanning the flames of religious discrimination and intolerance. I hope Oklahomans see that. Read more

Celebrating Choice: Obama Professes Faith In Christianity – And American Religious Liberty

President Barack Obama got it right on Tuesday.

When he was asked about his Christian faith at an event in Albuquerque, N.M., he said he has his own personal religious beliefs but recognizes that other Americans have theirs.

The question was posed by a woman at a backyard conversation, one of a series of meetings Obama is holding to talk informally with Americans. She asked him, “Why are you a Christian?” Read more