How about this little ditty, friends? Safoorah Kahn had a grand total of nine months tenure teaching middle school math in Illinois when she made a request for three weeks off to make a pilgrimage to Mecca (hajj being one of the five pillars of Islam). As her absence would leave the school without its only "math lab instructor" (whatever that is), her request was denied. She quit and went anyway.
Rubbish. Utter rubbish. I have no problem with Ms. Kahn's desire to make the hajj in fulfillment of religious duty. The plain truth of the matter is that one only has to do so ONCE IN A LIFETIME. That Ms. Kahn decided to do so in her first year of employment in a new job--while school was in session--demonstrates that the choice was not between her job and her religion--but one of scheduling convenience and preference. This is not the school district's problem--it is Ms. Kahn's--and that the Obama Justice Department feels the need to curry favor with the Islamic community by taking up this suit is an insult to anyone who manages life's commitments without federal intervention. I would JUST ONCE like to see some plumed knight of American Islamic victimology stand up and say, "hey, this is just dumb. She can make hajj another time."