More deadly Orwellian nonsense from our betters in Washington:
American businesses are to accommodate the religious needs of Muslims and assure that they aren’t being harassed or intimidated, states the order which was issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the bloated federal agency that enforces the nation’s workplace discrimination laws. Those who don’t oblige will be prosecuted by the administration for violating federal law, specifically Title VII of the Civil Right Act which prohibits discrimination on the bases of religion.
“The attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, in late 2015 and other recent world events have heightened concerns about workplace protections for all employees, including individuals who are, or are perceived to be, Muslim or Middle Eastern,” the EEOC asserts in its recently issued document. “Discrimination in the workplace based on religion, national origin, or race is strictly prohibited by federal and state laws. Reactions in the workplace to world events demand increased efforts by employers to prevent discrimination.” EEOC Chair Jenny R. Yang refers to Muslims as “vulnerable communities” that need protection “even as we grapple with the concerns raised by the recent terrorist attacks.”
It’s impossible to square the EEOC’s diktat with bland encouragements to “say something” if you “see something.” Just like the run-up to San Bernardino, people will keep their observations to themselves about possible terrorists rather than risk the wrath of the EEOC.
While nobody should engage in discrimination against Muslims for being Muslim, the EEOC goes further than that, according to Judicial Watch. “Even if a situation does not amount to illegal harassment under federal law, the mandate asks employers to intervene in order to protect Muslim rights.”
Also note that the EEOC’s definition of “vulnerable communities” does not extend to workplaces, marathons, military bases, etc. where jihadis have killed or wounded hundreds of American citizens for the crime of being non-Muslim. The official expectation seems to be that jihadis get to act out and we get to shut up about it.
Make no mistake: Political correctness kills.