The Supreme Court issued a ruling on Monday that could force American businesses to submit to Shariah Law.
SCOTUS has ruled in favor of a Muslim woman who sued Abercrombie & Fitch Co after she was denied a job in one of their Oklahoma stores because of her head scarf. According toConservative Tribune, the court ruled in the Muslim woman’s favor by a vote of 8-1.
Samantha Elauf sued the national company under the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which bans discrimination based on a series of criteria, including religious preference. Abercrombie & Fitch turned Elauf down for employment based on their “look policy” for members of their sales staff.
The issue at hand was whether or not Elauf was forced to specifically ask for a religious accommodation in order to wear her headscarf. She reportedly never stated that she wore her scarf for religious reasons.
“A request for accommodation … may make it easier to infer motive, but it is not a necessary condition of liability,” Judge Antonin Scalia wrote in the majority decision of the court.
The sole vote against Elauf came from Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote that a “mere application of a neutral policy” doesn’t indicate discrimination.
In essence, the Supreme Court ruled that if someone walks into your business wearing a scarf, you must assume they are doing so for religious reason and cannot refuse to hire them because of it. Scarves are worn for many reasons ranging from fashion to warmth: if Elauf never stated that hers was part of her religion, how was Abercrombie & Fitch supposed to know?
While discrimination in the workplace for religious reasons was obviously wrong, this is not what this company’s policy was meant to be doing. Instead, this policy was meant to uphold their brand image. You can argue that this is a dumb policy, but it’s THEIR business: they can make whatever dumb policies they want.
The bottom line is that this ruling is disturbing because it could represent the beginning of our country submitting to Shariah law. This is a very slippery slope, and if we are not careful, we could find ourselves under the control of Muslims.