In case you needed further proof that Obama's Department of Justice is FUBAR, consider the decision by Eric Holder and company to sue the Berkley school district on behalf of a 29 year old teacher who was refused a three week leave of absence (in December!) so she could perform the hajj.
Mona Charen reports that this teacher had only been on the job for nine months when she made her request. In Berkley, as in most school districts, they like their teachers in the classroom, especially when preparing for high stakes testing. Safoorah Khan, the teacher requesting leave, is a math teacher.
In the end, she quit her job so she could perform her religious duty and filed a complaint to the EEOC, got a lawyer, and now the DOJ has taken up the case. The rationale for the DOJ is to combat “a real headwind of intolerance against Muslim communities.”
As Charen points out, this district just wanted a teacher in the classroom. They didn't refuse this request because of her religion; they refused it because they also have a job to perform which is educating the children of the district. They didn't tell Miss Khan that she'd be fired for performing the hajj on her own time. The refused to give her three weeks off during the school year.
I wonder if the Berkley school district allows for sabbatical leave? Couldn't she do her time, file for sabbatical and then go, if this fell during a school year? Or, as Charen suggests, wait until such a time that she could do this during her summer vacation?
Ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is that DOJ would look twice at this considering they refused to prosecute the New Black Panther Party for blatant voter intimidation caught on tape.