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Federal Lawsuit Charges Religious Freedom Commission with Discriminating against Muslims

posted on June 13, 2012

Safiya Ghori-Ahmad is suing the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom for allegedly discriminating against her because she is a Muslim, Michelle Boorstein reports for The Washington Post. The lawsuit quotes Nina Shea, one of commission’s leaders, as having written that “hiring a Muslim like Ms. Ghori-Ahmad to analyze religious freedom in Pakistan would be like ‘hiring an IRA activist to research the UK twenty years ago.’” In an email message to The Post, Shea refutes the claim that any religiously motivated discrimination occurred, stating instead that she “opposed hiring Ghori-Ahmad because of the lawyer’s views, including her analysis of the causes of the 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.”

Read at The Washington Post