Muslim Workers Get Religious Freedom… but Christian Workers Don’t

The following is from the Live Trucking website:

“Two Muslim truck drivers who refused to transport alcohol were recently awarded $240,000 by an Illinois judge, according to a press release by the EEOC.

“Truck drivers Mahad Abass Mohammed and Abdkiarim Hassan Bulshale were fired from Illinois-based Star Transport back in 2009 after they refused to transport alcohol because it violated their religious beliefs.

“The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sued the carrier on behalf of the drivers, alleging religious discrimination and wrongful termination.

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“On October 20th, after 45 minutes of deliberation, a federal jury ruled in favor of the EEOC and the drivers. U.S. District Court Judge James E. Shadid ordered Star Transport to pay $240,000 in compensatory and punitive damages.”

Without going into the merits of the case, I find it interesting that people with certain religious convictions are permitted to exercise those religious convictions in a workplace environment.

Surely these two Muslim men knew that Star Transport hauled alcohol. Knowing this, why did they apply for a job?

Let’s compare this judgment by a government agency to bakers who refused to bake cakes for same-sex weddings. The bakers did not refuse to bake cakes; they only refused to bake cakes that included a message…


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