Like certain demographics in this country, some religions now seem to be classified as “protected classes.” If you need help figuring which religions receive special designation and which don’t, some recent news stories might shed light on the question:
—In February, renowned Jewish scholar Phyllis Chesler, 72, was detained at JFK airport in New York while a woman in front of her clad in a niqab, or an Islamic head covering that hides a woman’s entire face except for the eyes, was waved through security.
—Despite the fact that Muslims comprise far less than 1% of the population of New York City, far-left Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his plan to close city schools in observance of Muslim religious holidays.
—In January, documents obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism revealed that the Obama administration gave VIP treatment to members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood — a group designated in Egypt as a terrorist organization — and exempted them from security screening at JFK Airport.
—A public school in Boston, in the hopes of promoting “cross-cultural understanding,” arranged the recitation over the public address system of a poem detailing the hardship of being a Muslim in America. The occasion? The 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on 9/11.
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