ReligionNewsBlog.com • Friday October 5, 2012
… Oh, the irony: the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is being sued for religious discrimination. According to a lawsuit filed in June, the commission — in 1998 as a watchdog to investigate violations of religious liberty worldwide — had a history of discrimination against Muslims, including retracting an employment offer to a researcher because of her Muslim faith and her work with a Muslim organization.
The lawsuit was filed by Ms. Safiya Ghori-Ahmad. She applied for a position as a South Asia policy analyst, and was recommended and approved by USCIRF’s executive direction.
After accepting the job offer, Ghori-Ahmad was given only a temporary job without benefits and with reduced responsibilities.
She says she lost the job because of pressure by commissioners, particularly Nina Shea, a civil rights lawyer who directs the Religious Freedom Center at the Hudson Institute. Ghori-Ahmad alleges that Shea objected to her because she is a Muslim, has worked with the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) on behalf of Muslims, and was assumed to be Pakistani descent.
… Dr. Andrew W. Engel, a dentist in Bend, Oregon, has been ordered to pay nearly $348,000 to settle allegations that he threatened to fire a dental assistant unless she attended a Scientology-related training session.
It’s the largest penalty imposed by final order in the Bureau of Labor and Industries‘ recent history, an agency spokesman said.
According to the agency Engel repeatedly “badgered” Susan Muhleman about the three-day conference despite her concerns that it would conflict with her Christian beliefs. When her also turned down her request to attend secular training instead, she quit.
The beliefs and practices of Scientology are incompatible with those of Christianity.
Incidentally, there seems to be a ‘thing’ with Scientology and dentists…
Another dentist who forced employees to submit to the cult’s indoctrinations
Dentist denies Scientology was forced on employee
Dentist denies forcing Scientology on worker, as suit alleges
Dentists, Scientologists, and me
Dentist-Scientologist refuses a deserter
Scientology benefits when Miami dentist runs up patient bills
Scientology: Dentists Defrauded
… Speaking of Scientology, Barry Morgan of radio station CJAD in Montreal, had a conversation with former Scientologist and author Jefferson Hawkins. Hawkins had a bitter split with the Church of Scientology and talks about physical and emotional abuse.
Hawkins is the author of Counterfeit Dreams: One Man’s Journey Into and Out of the World of Scientology
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