The Patriot Post® · Clearly, the Pot Is Calling the Kettle Black
A federal judge, James E. Shadid, a nominee of the Obama administration and the only Arab federal judge in Illinois, was lucky enough to draw a case involving religious discrimination against Muslims.
Two Muslim drivers, hired by Star Transport, were fired for refusing to transport alcohol as part of their job, and as a result were fired. They then sued the company for religious discrimination, supported by the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) and won a $240,000 settlement.
The question is not whether they were aware of the fact that Star Transport distributed alcohol, or whether or not there were alternate routes that did not involve alcohol. The real question is why the Obama administration supported this lawsuit?
We have seen over the past months Christians persecuted and financially punished for religious objections involving marriage licenses and wedding cakes. When Kim Davis refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples citing religious beliefs, she was sued by the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) on behalf of all homosexuals. As a result, Judge Steven L. Bunning ordered Davis to issue the marriage licenses, threatening to hold her in contempt resulting in possible jail time and monetary fines. In the end, the court released its opinion, leaving Davis with the option of resigning her office, finding a compromise or being held in contempt of court.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry awarded $135,ooo to Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, a lesbian couple, in a lawsuit filed by them against a Christian mom and pop bakery that refused to bake their wedding cake because of religious beliefs. A Lakewood bakery in Colorado experienced two protests, a Facebook-driven boycott and a discrimination complaint from Attorney General Eric Holder, for refusing to bake a cake for a gay couple because of their religious beliefs. This was also followed by the same results in cases in Gortz Haus and Victoria’s Cake Cottage (Iowa), Fleur Cakes (Oregon) Masterpeice Cakeshop (Colorado), as well as many others. A Methodist-owned event venue in New Jersey lost its state tax exemption and is currently being sued for refusing to host a gay wedding in 2007. Even religious institutions are not allowed to make decisions based on their religious doctrines and beliefs.
In Houston the mayor, Annise Parker, issued subpoenas, demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons involving homosexuality, gender identity or the fact that she, herself, was a lesbian. If they failed to turn them over, she would hold them in contempt of court. The Obama administration’s attorney admitted that the “right” to same-sex marriage, as determined by the Supreme Court, would result in the loss of tax exempt status of anyone or any religious institution that refuses to acquiesce.
The tax-exempt status of churches which stick with their traditional beliefs on marriage in the wake of such a ruling won’t be an “issue” for the left. Instead, their elimination will become a goal. (Tom Blumer @ Newsbusters)
Recently, a flight attendant, Charee Stanley, who converted to Islam after taking the job, refused to serve alcohol on a flight and was placed on administrative leave by her employer. In response, Mrs. Stanley said, “I don’t think that I should have to choose between practicing my religion properly or earning a living. I shouldn’t have to choose between one or the other, because they’re both important.”
When comparing the Davis and Stanley cases, we see Kim Davis became and remains the target of attacks and ridicule by Obama, Democrats and the mainstream media, all while Mrs. Stanley is celebrated as a victim for hers.
President Obama recently spoke at a Democratic LGBT gala and made it clear that the United States is a country where religious freedom is embraced and tradition is respected, but at the same time stated, “We also have to say clearly that our religious freedom doesn’t grant us the freedom to deny our fellow Americans their constitutional rights.”
Has the United States now become a place where one’s constitutional rights are realized on the backs of others’ religious rights? Will the Obama administration and Democrats continue to teeter back and forth on the “rule of law,” as it pertains to their agenda?
How can the administration stand up for the religious rights of Muslims while persecuting Christians for their religious beliefs? Obviously, Obama and Democrats have become the pot calling the kettle black!