Two Muslim truck drivers, Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdkiarim Hassan Bulshale, were hired by a trucking company that delivered alcoholic beverages. But the two men refused to do their job, citing their religious teachings against handling booze.
Their employer naturally terminated them and they promptly sued. The federal government saw fit to stick up for the two men, as the Washington Examiner reported:
The EEOC said that Star Transport Inc., a trucking company based in Morton, Ill., violated their religious rights by refusing to accommodate their objections to delivering alcoholic beverages.
“EEOC is proud to support the rights of workers to equal treatment in the workplace without having to sacrifice their religious beliefs or practices,” EEOC General Counsel David Lopez announced Thursday. “This is fundamental to the American principles of religious freedom and tolerance.”
Liberty Unyielding’s Ben Bowles added:
The EEOC argued that Star Transport could have easily reassigned the men to other jobs, but the reverse argument — that Mohamed and Bulshale could have just as easily sought employment in an area that doesn’t compromise their religious principles — is no less valid.
The jury gave them $20,000 each in compensatory damages and $100,000 each in punitive damages. Additionally, the judge awarded them $1,500 in back pay.
Naturally, this raises some questions. What if the two men were Christians? What if they were bakers? What if they were asked to bake a cake for a gay wedding? Would the EEOC stand for their religious rights and make the same argument? Of course, we all know the answer to that…
What if these two men were asked to deliver beer to gays? Whose rights would the federal government stand up for then?
Or is this another case of some being more equal than others in Obama’s fundamentally-transformed America?
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