Christian & Muslim Refuse to do Their Jobs, Only One is Behind Bars


Christian, Kim Davis on the left. Muslim, Charee Stanley on the right.

?I don?t think that I should have to choose between practicing my religion properly or earning a living. I shouldn?t have to choose between one or the other because they?re both important.?

-Charee Stanley

As I read both these news stories in my facebook feed I thought that I should do a post comparing them. Seconds after the thought raced through my head another article popped up on my facebook feed where someone else had already beaten me to it!

Whether or not you think that people should have freedom of religion in their jobs one thing is abundantly clear. If Muslims are allowed to refuse to do things that are part of their jobs without being put in jail or fired then the same should apply to Christians or any other religion. Alternatively if there is no place for religious beliefs on the job then that must apply accross the board to every religion consistently not just to Christians.

There is a lot of?debate?regarding freedom of religion in our nation right now. However, there?s also a glaring double standard, which many are being silent about. They are either unaware of it, or they are choosing to ignore it.

Everyone has likely heard the name Kim Davis by now. She is the Kentucky country clerk recently jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex?couples because it violates her religious beliefs. There?s a firestorm ensuing with both sides adamantly stating their opinion about what Kim should or shouldn?t have done. Meanwhile, she is behind bars, placed there by President Obama?s federal government, on charges of contempt.

Yet, there?s another person who also failed in her job duties due to religious principles. In contrast, few have heard her name. She isn?t being demonized by the media. No one is screaming ?bigot? or telling her to hush up and do her job or get another one. Her name is Charee Stanley, and she?s a Muslim-American. These two cases provide a blatant example of a disturbing double standard within our country. Unfortunately, they aren?t the only evidence of it.

?I don?t think that I should have to choose between practicing my religion properly or earning a living. I shouldn?t have to choose between one or the other because they?re both important.?

That quote is not from Kim Davis. That quote is from Charee Stanley, a flight attendant who converted to Islam a month before taking the job where she was aware duties included serving alcohol. She refused to do her duties and serve the alcohol to passengers. She?s now suing the airline. Where?s the public lynch mob telling her she should not have accepted that position to begin with, if the duties violated her beliefs? Why isn?t she being told to just?find another job? She?s not being thrown in jail. Actually, she will likely get a nice fat pay-day from all this.

So, on one side, we have a Christian county clerk opposed to same-sex unions refusing to issue marriage licences, and on the other, there?s a Muslim flight attendant opposed to serving alcohol. Both cite religious beliefs, which prevent them from doing their job, yet both are treated very differently. Kim Davis was arrested,?held in contempt, and jailed.?Charee Stanley?is now suing the small airline, which was her employer.

Christian county clerk Kim Davis was jailed for refusing to do part of her job because of her religious beliefs.

While the liberal ACLU filed the motion against Kim Davis, leading to her arrest and imprisonment after U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning decided fines were not enough, stating her ?good-faith belief is simply not a viable defense,? The Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)?filed a discrimination complaint against ExpressJet Airlines for allegedly failing to accommodate the Muslim flight attendant ? a complaint which is being taken?very seriously.

?We have informed ExpressJet of its obligation under the law to reasonably accommodate Ms. Stanley?s religious accommodation request regarding service of alcohol,? Lena Masri, staff attorney for CAIR-Michigan said in a statement. This is a much different sentiment than what?s been said about accommodating Kim Davis?s religious beliefs at her place of employment. In addition,?Stanley?s job duties were known when she took her position, unlike Kim Davis, who had her responsibilities change after the Supreme Court ruling.