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Is it fair to force a Muslim truck driver to violate his beliefs?

November 12, 2015 | 1 comment | Posted in First Amendment, Religious Freedom | Tags: , , ,

TruckIn 2013, two truck drivers – Mahad Abass Mohamed and Abdikarim Hassan Bulshale – were fired from their position with an Illinois-based trucking company. They were fired because they refused to deliver alcohol – something that violated their religious beliefs.

A lawsuit was filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) because the company didn’t provide the two men “with a reasonable accommodation and by terminating them because of their religion.”

In October 2015, a jury found the trucking company in violation of religious discrimination and awarded the two men $240,000.

Does the First Amendment protect two Muslim truck drivers, who refuse to participate in delivering alcohol, in the same way it protects a Christian baker, who refuses to participate in making a cake for a same-sex wedding?

Yes, absolutely.

So why is one being awarded $240,000 while the other is being fined $135,000?

The reason is because some states are passing a special status for “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” into law that is being interpreted to force bakers to participate in same-sex wedding ceremonies, even if it violates their faith or conscience.

If Pennsylvania were to pass the proposed so-called “Fairness Act” we would join those states and force those in the wedding industry – as well as other businesses and public and private schools – to act contrary to their beliefs or suffer the consequences.  Please contact your state representative and senator and ask them to oppose HB 1510 / SB 974.

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CINDY CHAMBERS

Do you believe Muslim truck drivers should get justice for following their religious beliefs about not hauling alcohol but Christian wedding cake bakers should not?
The so called “Fairness Act is definately not fair to the majority of Pennsylvanians.
Please vote no to the Fairness Act!

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