New religious freedoms law in the workplace first step towards Islamic Sharia
Kenneth Schortgen Jr
September 7, 2011
On September 3rd, Mayor Bloomberg of New York City signed into law the Workplace Religious Freedoms Act, making the municipality the first in the country to institute religious-based protections for public workers. The bill, originally lobbied by the Sikh Coalition in New York, now opens the door for organizations such as CAIR to fight for Sharia Law inclusion for Islamic public workers as well...
...New York City's new relgious freedoms law comes on the heels of President Obama's initiative for more diversity in the workplace. Before the President's vacation to Martha's Vineyard in August, he signed an Executive Order calling for more diversity in public sector and federal employment.
These moves by President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg for greater diversity focus on the religious freedoms of a few, but do not count the overall costs, or potential conflicts that may arise when people of Christian or Jewish faiths choose to express their diversity in their places of work. Merit-based hiring is the law under Federal and legal guidelines, and so too is equality when it comes to promotions, and regulatory accomodation. Under the new law, a religious Sikh may wear the customary turban and Kirpan, but legal rulings still prohibit many Christians from displaying crosses, or other articles on work attire expressing their faiths and beliefs. Couple this with the numerous religious observances between the different faiths, and the new law in New York City may soon extend to a disparity in days off, or holiday observance between one employee and another.
In January of this year, the Islamic organization CAIR already sought institution of Sharia Law in the workplace in the state of Indiana. Now that New York has passed a law requiring public environments to accomodate religious observances, it will not be long before CAIR, or another Islamic organization, demands its rights and accomodation for their religious beliefs. the rest