Religious Freedom Wins Again

Samantha Elauf

Samantha Elauf

Nothing shows just how much people care about freedom of religion like the way that they react when an American Muslim wins a religious-discrimination lawsuit in an American court of law. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Here is the beginning of a story published by

“The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a Tulsa woman who sued Abercrombie and Fitch after it refused to hire her over a head scarf. Samantha Elauf argued that she wore the headdress due to her religious obligations, and the Supreme Court ruled Monday that the retail chain violated her civil rights.”

A SCOTUS ruling in favor of freedom of religion should have Republicans and conservatives cheering, right?

Well, if one believes that, then one ought to read the responses to the above-mentioned SCOTUS case that have been posted on various news sites.

Those responses aren’t always in favor of the freedom of religion of the woman who won that particular SCOTUS case, and it isn’t necessarily Democrats and liberals who are expressing opposition to that woman’s freedom of religion.

Go figure.

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  • Commander_Chico

    You answer your own question, David. Many of these “religious freedom” advocates are really sectarian authoritarians. As Nat Hentoff mocked them, “freedom for me, not for thee.”

  • LiberalNightmare

    Yeah, but will she bake a cake for a gay wedding?

  • jim_m

    I would agree with Alito’s concurrance which seems to be saying that the policy itslef was neutral but that it still could violate the rights of an employee. He also states that it is not necessary for the employee to formally request an accommodation if their religious practice is readily apparent as it was in this case.

    That being said, I will bet that AF wins if she wears a niqab.

  • Why would a devout Muslim want to work for a company that sells clothing only an infidel would wear?

  • Scalia

    Perhaps now they’ll be applying at Hooters and Hooson’s strip club. Get ready, Paul, for burka-clad applicants to your club!

    • jim_m

      And it will be religious discrimination to ask that they take their bukas off!