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Hijab as Religious Expression

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“The Supreme Court ruled 8-1 on Monday that retailer Abercrombie & Fitch may have violated workplace discrimination law when it turned down a Muslim job applicant because she wore a hijab, even though her religious beliefs never came up in the interview,” writes Dave Jamieson in The Huffington Post.

Although Abercrombie & Fitch requires that its sales team dress “preppy” (like their merchandise), “Samantha Elauf, the job seeker at the center of the case, applied for a sales position at an Abercrombie children’s store in Oklahoma in 2008.”

Read more here: Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie & Fitch In Discrimination Case

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United in the Crosshairs

posted by Suzy Shuraym

United Airlines has a firestorm on its hands courtesy of a short-tempered flight attendant.

You all know the story by now: a woman in hijab was refused an unopened can of Diet Coke because, she was told, she could use it as a weapon.

Oh, sure.

What United does with the resultant uproar will speak volumes about its level of customer service.

Here’s one of the stories on the episode: Calls to Boycott United Airlines Grow After Muslim Woman Alleges Discrimination

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Religion: Values, Not Laws

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“For most inhabitants of modern, Western countries, religion is an incubator of values, not the source of binding law,” writes Sheila Kennedy in a meditation on “The Retreat of the Puritans”.

This realization is at the heart of what’s causing problems for Islam in the United States. The American system of government has disconnected religious laws from civil laws.

What does that mean for American Muslims?

You can read more of Kennedy’s commentary here.

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ISIS and “The West”

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“Much of the imagery of Western Orientalism of the past two centuries has a similar message, highlighting a binary difference between ‘us’ and ‘them’,” writes Frederick Bohrer in The Los Angeles Review of Books.

“Would the ISIS videos even exist without the Western establishment and longtime support for such a tradition?”

Read more of this thoughtful piece here: “The Destruction of Art and Antiquities in Our Time”

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