Freedom of Religion?
OK, I know I haven't blogged in a little while, but this is absolutely absolutely Kafkaesque.
The Spring Valley NAACP is suing an Orthodox Jewish-run medical clinic, alleging that "the clinic's practice of remaining closed Saturdays in observance of operators' Jewish Sabbath, unlawfully imposes their religious beliefs on others."
Evidently, "[t]hose who work — more than 80 percent of the clinic's clientele are Hispanic or black, according to a letter the clinic sent to the Human Rights Commission earlier this year — would find it convenient to visit their doctors on a Saturday when they had the day off, Trotman[, the director of the NAACP] said yesterday."
What would you say is the bigger violation of religious freedom? The "convenience" of some clinic patients (who, presumably, can find another clinic on Saturday or go another day) or a governmentally imposed ruling ordering people to violate their religious beliefs?