August 23rd, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Muslim woman suing Disney

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

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  1. AmericanPatriot

    The Quran counsels the use of deceit when dealing with non-Muslims. Mohammad instructed one of his followers to lie if he had to (in order to assassinate one of Mohammad's enemies). This set a precedent, and the principle was clear: If it helps Islam, it's okay to deceive non-Muslims. Read more about this principle here: Lying (Taqiyya and Kitman).

    This instruction in the Quran has served Islamic goals very well through history. And it serves those goals today. On the DVD, Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West, you can watch real-life examples of Islamic leaders saying one thing in English for the Western press, and saying something entirely different to their own followers in Arabic a few days later.

    Deceiving the enemy is always useful in war, and throughout history generals have used it. Islamic teachings consider Islam to be in a permanent state of war with the non-Islamic world until the whole world follows Shari'a law (read more about that here). All non-Muslims living in non-Islamic states are "enemies." So deceiving Westerners is totally acceptable because deceiving an enemy in a state of war is totally acceptable. It is encouraged if it can forward the goals of the spread of Islam.

    And so we have the strange phenomenon covered by Steven Emerson in Terrorists Among Us, where organizations in America were ostensibly raising money for orphans, but really giving the money to terrorists. They deceived good-hearted Western non-Muslims into giving money to organizations that were actively killing Western non-Muslims.

    As it says in the Quran, "War is deceit." This idea gives Islam a tremendous advantage over idea-collections that encourage indiscriminate truthfulness.

    August 23, 2010 at 8:18 pm |
    • Joe

      In other words...take advantage of their good nature!

      August 23, 2010 at 8:30 pm |
    • Mom of Three

      Makes sense. That's why they can live here for decades, be out among the infidels, then one day snap and hack their wife's head off without warning. It's like they heard "Miranda" in an episode of Firefly.

      August 24, 2010 at 3:21 am |
    • Selfish Gene


      August 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  2. fairplay

    What would Walt do?

    August 23, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      Probably send her to the concentration camp.

      August 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  3. Flor

    So, i work at Hooters and I going to sue them because I am a Christian and the huge cleavage it is not OK with my religion. WTH!!! Just another looser looking for attention and $$.

    August 23, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  4. AmericanPatriot


    This article provide information about how to survive against Terrorism.

    August 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
    • Fatmeh

      whoever made this website is clearly uneducated.. want to know what muslims ACTUALLY beleive, ask a MUSLIM, they know what they believe more then any random observer ever will

      August 24, 2010 at 5:17 am |
    • Fatmeh

      another thing i realised about this site is that most of the things mentioned do happen.. bot not because of islam, none of that is the teaching of islam.. its all from culture,, you dont see that happening to the muslim women in the west because the culture here doesnt support it.. neither does islam.. not everything muslims do is from islam.. just because im muslim and my family likes chocolate, doesnt mean islam forces us to eat chocolate.. theres a difference

      August 24, 2010 at 5:21 am |
  5. KBinMN

    It will be an interesting day when all the costumed characters at Disney all of a sudden kneel down and pray toward Mecca 5-times a day. For those of you how support this lady in the name of religious freedom, would that be going too far?

    August 23, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  6. Heather

    This woman worked 2 years without the Hijab Then when you listen to her in the Video,it is after she became a citizen that she decided to test our constitution and laws. She is supported by CAIR, the organization that supported being able to cover your face on a drivers license. It appears that she is testing our laws as an opening to having the US become more Shariah compliant. It is a very flamable situation that can start from something like this.

    August 23, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  7. Isa

    I don't think a woman with a Hijab will cause Disney to fail. How exactly did Disney accomodate her? Given that Disney instituted rules, I have to say that she will either comply with the rules of the park or find a new job. I also say that with the Stigma of belief that Muslims are bad, how will she or any muslim ever get a job if this continues? We are the melting pot of the world who have anscestors that came from elsewhere because of religious persecution among other reasons...muslims are no different.

    August 23, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  8. terry smith

    Call me a capitalist, but I do think that Disney and any other employer has the right to decide what is best for their business. Wearing hijab is very out of place in this case

    August 23, 2010 at 6:53 pm |
  9. Craig

    Disney employees at the parks are called "cast members" because they are part of the the "surreal" nature of Disney. So you will find uniforms in most parts of the parks. Those uniforms include no dangly earrings (unless you are a belly dancer at Epcot), no personal selection of shoes (no fancy pink high tops), no excessive or visible piercing (so no nose piercings). No ball caps; no outlandish hairdos, no excessive/visible tatoos or henna body art. As part of the uniform, you are expected to conform, if you want the job. The uniform does not include headdress. She knew this when she took the job. To now try to force her religion onto Disney is absurd. If her religion called for 10 or more earrings, she wouldn't be allowed to wear those either. Similarly, a Yankee fan can't wear a ball cap, a biker can't be tatooed on his visible arms, etc.

    The fact that the Muslims are trying to force their religion on Disney is the issue. Our constitution says we have freedom to practice our religion. It does not say we are free to force it onto others.

    Go back to your home country if you don't want to live under our constitution.

    August 23, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  10. dave

    one of the reasons i love to visit disneyland is to forget about all the crap like this. it was fun while it lasted. for two years she wnet to work without the scarf with no apparent permanent damge. bet she isn't paying her attorney fees either.

    August 23, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
    • Mom of Three

      Disneyland costs a fortune, but I'm glad to pay if it pays lawyers to fight against this twit.

      August 24, 2010 at 3:22 am |
  11. bekahj

    I was a server for a well-known restaurant chain and on occasion, a person would be sent home in violation of dress code, not the right type of button up shirt, white socks vs black socks, inappropriate tie, ect. Never, did anyone think about suing the company for discrimination. In that case, I think that I will sue my current company for not having foot rests because I am short...isn't that also discriminatory?

    August 23, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  12. Ninja's with no Brains

    She could always go work for Dell Phone Tech Support.

    August 23, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
    • Pro

      Dell support is in India. Indian men dress in jeans and shirt and women in traditional Indian dresses or western dress while working in India. Traditional Indian dress has no religious significance. Choice is based on convenience.

      August 24, 2010 at 3:54 am |
  13. Carmen

    Its too bad that the United Sates is forcing her to work at Disney land

    August 23, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
    • Selfish Gene

      If only she could live in a country where women were free to live as they see fit. Like Saudi Arabia, Iran or Syria

      August 23, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
    • Mom of Three

      Golly, I hope she isn't driving herself there, or [gasp] talking with men not her husband or family!!!

      August 24, 2010 at 3:24 am |
  14. herry

    this stupid lady needs to know that u can not take ur religion everywhere.
    if u want to work then follow the compnay rules otherwise leave the job and follow ur stupid rules at home.

    August 23, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
    • David Johnson

      I'm going to pull a Reality and re-post a comment:

      There was an article recently, about a boy who refused to take off a cross in school. The comments were mostly something like, "You can't make him take his cross off. He loves the baby Jesus". The fundies were provoked! I guess it depends on whose ox is being gored.

      Anyway, the court ruled the school did not have the right to forbid the cross.

      This woman loves Allah. You could put Disney characters on the hijab.

      August 24, 2010 at 10:15 am |
    • TammyB

      @ David Johnson....Yes, but I think the difference between the little boy and this woman is that the little boy is in a public school, where usually they don't make you sign an agreement NOT to wear certain things, with the possible exception of shirts that have inappropriate sayings on them, hate slogans, etc. and this woman works in the private sector, where employers can and do have dress codes which you usually have to agree with and sign before getting hired, which I understand she did. Also, from what I also understand, the hijab and niqab are not worn due to one's religion, but due to one's culture and choice. If she chose not to wear the hijab for 2 years, but all of a sudden decided to although she knew that it was against a dress code, it seems as if, in my opinion, she is seeking money or her 15 minutes in the spotlight, for a cultural choice, not a religious one. If it really was for religious reasons, she never would have taken that job in the first place.

      August 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  15. Jenifer

    I applied at Disney many years ago and I remember that they have a video you watch when you apply about makeup, size of earrings,hairstyles,even men's facial hair that 's acceptable and unacceptable.She knew full well before even getting a position what is and is allowed.It has nothing to do with religion.It would be the same if I worked there for 2 years and decided I wanted wear a nose ring or a mohawk.Next, what if she wanted to wear a burqa?

    August 23, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
    • Kate


      Do you happen to recall if they classify all their support staff as characters the same way they do the people inside the suits?

      August 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
    • gillyzmama

      @ Kate- ALL onstage castmembers, custodial, foods, attractions wear themed costumes. Characters wear character costumes. If you work on Main St, you have a specific costume, Same with Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, etc. If you work ONSTAGE, you wear a costume. Maintenance has their own costume, but it is not themed.

      August 24, 2010 at 1:41 am |
    • Kate


      Thanks, I couldn't tell what the segment was on about when it kept saying characters – to me, characters meant the ones in the full costumes with the heads and everything. Now it makes more sense.

      August 24, 2010 at 1:45 am |
    • Skippy

      I worked at EPCOT for 5 years, 3 in parking and tickets, then i worked my way down to custodial. Anyway, we signed a contract saying we would not wear crosses, stars of david, yarmulkes, or any religious stuff, while we were working. for those who dont understand, a uniform is called a costume, and working in public view is called "onstage", employees are called castmembers.

      August 25, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  16. ??????

    Seriously people, Disney is fantasy for kids and adults... isnt it supposed to be the one place where you can go and be a kid..I agree with freedom of religion but as hard as it is to "find a job" these days you should probably go with company policy. There are many unemplyed people who would love to have a job. Im sure there are alot of places that would allow her to wear her hijab that would employ her.. All companies have a "dress code".that you are made aware of before you are hired... If they didnt "who knows what people would wear to work and who would get offended. The only part that doesnt make sense is that this wasnt a problem for 2 years of employment and suddenly its an issue???

    August 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm |

    whats up

    August 23, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  18. rcooder

    I don't care if she is born here or not. If you cannot accept our lawful ways, go somewhere where you do like the lawful ways.

    August 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  19. Ebs NE

    Companies are entitled to decide their own employee dress codes. She has no legal case. She can quit and work somewhere else if she's suddenly decided not wearing a scarf is against her relgious beliefs. What's next, someone suing for the right to wear a burqa at Hooters? Give me a break.

    August 23, 2010 at 3:30 pm |

    Timothy, sorry but you are wrong. She has no right to dictate to her employer what she can wear,my faith is not subject to what I wear but who i believe in.

    August 23, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
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