In an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that Abercrombie & Fitch broke the law when it denied a Muslim woman employment because of her head scarf. The case, which centered around then-17-year-old Samantha Elauf, hinged on a singular legal question: could an employer refuse to hire someone for a religious reason if they did not specifically ask for a religious exemption?
In the majority brief, Justice Antonin Scalin wrote, “An employer may not make an applicant’s religious practice, confirmed or otherwise, a factor in employment decisions.” Scalin and the other assenting justices determined that the retailer could not turn Elauf away on the basis of a “look,” even if they were not specifically displaying religious bias.
Elauf had an enormous outpouring of support that wound up being truly bipartisan and multi-faith in nature. Christians, Jews, and Muslims came together to back Elauf, and the decision affirmed that religious liberty is not quite dead in America…despite rumors to the contrary.
It just so happens that this case is not the only instance of Muslim discrimination making the rounds. Social media has been alive with the story of Tahera Ahmad, a Muslim chaplain at Northwestern University, and her Friday flight on United Airlines. Ahmad claims that she was denied a sealed Coke on the flight because unopened cans could be used as weapons, according to the flight attendant. Ahmad pointed out that her seatmate was given an unopened beer, and the flight attendant quickly cracked his beer open to cover the logical gap.
The internet has gathered around Ahmad just as they did Elauf, flooding Twitter with messages of support and threats of a UA boycott. Which is all well and good, but where are all of these people when Christians are being discriminated against? Where will the eight justices who voted against Abercrombie be when it comes time to decide on gay marriage? Why is it only Muslims who find themselves with social and judicial protection?
Despite so much evidence to the contrary, Muslims groups (and the usual liberal blabbermouths) are claiming that these cases prove that America is still rife with Islamophobia. In truth, we’ve over-corrected. We shout down anyone who dares to speak ill of Islam. It’s become a matter of “bigotry” to blame this religion – even in small part – for the terrorism is so obviously inspires. It’s become “hate speech” to do to Islam what shows like Family Guy do to Christianity all the time. There were nearly as many condemnations of Charlie Hebdo as there were of the mass murderers. There was no “nearly” about it when it came to Garland, Texas; almost all of the media coverage focused on the evil Pam Geller.
Nice to see the Supreme Court stick up for religion. It’ll be nicer to see them remember religious conscience when they decide on gay marriage. And it’ll be nicest of all when Christians are afforded the same care and protections that we bend over backwards to extend to Muslims.