It's Okay -- right?
Let's get this straight, there are approximately 3,000 or more American women working for the 150 Gulen-inspired charter schools dotted throughout the United States, and not one of them is in any of the Director, Accounting, or Dean of Academics positions (possibly 1 in this position), and that is not blatant discrimination? Further, those positions are being held by Turkish men, the majority of whom are under 40, less educated, and most -- not American citizens.
And again, the EEOC turns a blind eye to those discriminatory practices, and has been, despite many American employees filing charges with the EEOC with regard to those discriminatory practices. But when a Muslim female teacher is denied a religious pilgramage, the EEOC seizes the opportunity to file a discrimination lawsuit based on violation of her religious rights.
Hey, that's great that she got the EEOC to actually do something -- but where is the EEOC when it comes to investigating and prosecuting the Turkish guys that are violating discrimation laws in our schools for over 10 years and still going strong?
And where was the EEOC when the Chicago Academy of Math and Science fired the pregnant American teacher because she helped organize a union movement?
The other day we had a conversation with a newspaper reporter who is working on the Gulen story and has been for the past 8 months. When asked when and if the story was ever going to be published, he responded that it is difficult to get it published because the publishers are afraid of it being construed as being "anti-Muslim."
And our reply to him was quite simple -- this is not about being a Muslim, it is about a group of cult members -- Gulenites running 130 American schools and breaking numerous laws, including money-laundering and discrimination laws. But the fear of being labeled "anti-Muslim" has precluded the possiblity of of the public knowing the truth about this organization through legitimate publications.
Sure, it's okay for well-respected newspapers to publish fluff stories about Gulen, but no one wants to touch the real stuff -- the ugly sorted truth -- because that might just be deemed as part of an anti-Muslim agenda.
Our take on this is simple, someone needs to have the guts to get the true story out without being so concerned about the political fall-out, because that is what pure journalism is about.
It seems as they we have digressed in this blog somewhat, but not really -- because the bottom line is that this is reverse discrimination. It's about our government tip-toeing around issues that they feel will create political havoc (Gulen's and his cronies) and running like a herd of elephants when they feel like it will be a political hurrah! (the Muslim woman's case).
We are all for equal rights -- as long as the government and the EEOC understand that the laws apply to everyone, not just the few that they decide to "help out."
Below is part of the Justice Department's Press Release:
"Justice Department Files Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Berkeley School District in Illinois
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department today announced it has filed a lawsuit against Berkeley School District, Berkeley, Ill., alleging that the school district violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by failing to reasonably accommodate the religious practices of Safoorah Khan, a Muslim teacher at McArthur Middle School. The government’s complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago, alleges that Ms. Khan requested an unpaid leave of absence in December 2008 to perform Hajj, a pilgrimage required by her religion. According to the complaint, Berkeley School District denied Ms. Khan’s request because the purpose of her leave was not related to her professional duties nor was it leave for any of the specific purposes set forth in the Professional Negotiations Agreement between the district and the teachers’ union. The United States further alleges that, because Berkeley School District denied her a religious accommodation, the district compelled Ms. Khan to choose between her job and her religious beliefs, and thus forced her discharge."