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Lawsuit: LA Fitness prohibited Muslim from praying in locker room
WCPO - Cincinnati ^ | Feb 23, 2015 | Pat LaFleur

Posted on 02/24/2015 8:14:46 AM PST by GodAndCountryFirst

A Cincinnati man is suing LA Fitness after he said operators of the gym in Oakley told him he was not allowed to pray in the locker room after his workout.

Western Hills High School alumnus Mohamed Fall is a practicing Muslim and a former college basketball star who has used the LA Fitness facility on Marburg Avenue since 2013, according to his lawsuit filed in federal court Monday.

Fall claimed in his suit that he was accosted by three LA Fitness employees while he was engaged in quiet prayer in an “empty obscure corner” of an “at the time unoccupied locker room" after a workout session Jan. 29.

He said the employees told him he was not allowed to pray in the gym and if he did not comply with their direction, he would be escorted out and not allowed to return. The workers told Fall the decision was made by a corporate manager who had witnessed his prayer that day, the lawsuit states.

(Excerpt) Read more at wcpo.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: islam; jihad; lafitness; liberty
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To: gaijin

What if I put on my leiderhosen, feather duster cap and coils of climbing rope and went yodeling around Mecca..?
.....................

Yes! I’ll help you.


21 posted on 02/24/2015 8:27:47 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: gaijin

What if I put on my leiderhosen, feather duster cap and coils of climbing rope and went yodeling around Mecca

You would be dead before you got anywhere near Mecca


22 posted on 02/24/2015 8:29:00 AM PST by CIB-173RDABN (I do not doubt that our climate changes. I only doubt that anything man does has any effect.)
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To: molson209

Soon you’ll be tripping over praying Muslims everywhere
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0bama gets excited at the sight of all those rumps sticking up in his face.


23 posted on 02/24/2015 8:31:09 AM PST by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: MeganC

Some say schools giving Muslims special treatment
By Oren Dorell
USA TODAY

Some public schools and universities are granting Muslim requests for prayer times, prayer rooms and ritual foot baths, prompting a debate on whether Islam is being given preferential treatment over other religions.

The University of Michigan at Dearborn is planning to build foot baths for Muslim students who wash their feet before prayer. An elementary school in San Diego created an extra recess period for Muslim pupils to pray.

At George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., Muslim students using a “meditation space” laid out Muslim prayer rugs and separated men and women in accordance with their Islamic beliefs.

Critics see a double standard and an organized attempt to push public conformance with Islamic law.

“What (school officials) are doing … is to give Muslim students religious benefits that they do not give any other religion right now,” says Richard Thompson, president and chief counsel at the Thomas More Law Center, an advocacy group for Christians.

Supporters of the accommodations say they are legal.

“The whole issue is to provide for a religious foundation for those who are observant while respecting separation of church and state,” says Salam Al-Marayati, executive director of the Muslim Public Affairs Council, based in Los Angeles. Many schools accommodate the Christian and Jewish sabbaths and allow Jewish students to not take tests on religious holidays, he says.

Barry Lynn, of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State, says that the law is murky on these expressions of faith. And the American Civil Liberties Union says overt religious symbols such as crucifixes are not legal, but whether Muslim foot baths and prayer rugs fall into that category is not clear.

“That’s a difficult one, and it’s right on the edge,” says Jeremy Gunn, director of the ACLU program on freedom of religion and belief in Washington, D.C.

At the forefront of the movement is the Muslim Students’ Association, which has formed a Muslim Accommodations Task Force to push for foot baths and prayer rooms. At least 17 universities have foot baths built or under construction, including Boston University, George Washington University and Temple University, and at least nine universities have prayer rooms for “Muslim students only,” including Stanford, Emory and the University of Virginia, according to the MSA’s website. The association did not return calls seeking comment.

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/printedition/news/20070726/a_muslim26.art.htm


24 posted on 02/24/2015 8:32:37 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: V_TWIN
Where does it end?

It ends when the politicians grow a pair and say enough is enough, as was done in Denmark and Australia. We are so politically correct in this country we're going to end up like France. Yeah, we have freedom of religion, but do I have to put up with it when I go to work out? If I ever see this, I'm pulling out a bacon and pulled pork sandwich, sitting right in front of his nose at the end of his prayer rug, and chomp away. Let him try and bitch about that.

25 posted on 02/24/2015 8:34:11 AM PST by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: GodAndCountryFirst

Maybe he pulled a stomach muscle and was doubled over in pain and howling.


26 posted on 02/24/2015 8:34:24 AM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: GodAndCountryFirst

Locker rooms are for changing clothes. I’d think it would be weird to see somebody praying in one in general.

There’s a time and place for everything...


27 posted on 02/24/2015 8:35:23 AM PST by Shadow44
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To: GodAndCountryFirst; GeronL

Can he pray in a public school?


28 posted on 02/24/2015 8:35:58 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Shickl-Gruber's Big Lie gave us Hussein's Un-Affordable Care act (HUAC).)
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To: ilovesarah2012

When the new airport was built in Indianapolis, they actually wanted their own room for prayer and foot baths. I’ve moved away and don’t know if they got them or not.


29 posted on 02/24/2015 8:36:13 AM PST by econjack (I'm not bossy...I just know what you should be doing.)
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To: GodAndCountryFirst

The locker room is not the prayer room — Muslims need to be slapped down. And hard.


30 posted on 02/24/2015 8:36:41 AM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either satire or opinion. Or both.)
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To: null and void
♪ ♫ ♬ "Woke up, it was a Chelsea morning

and he was kneeling in my cell..." ♪ ♫ ♬

Chris Plante (WMAL-DC)

31 posted on 02/24/2015 8:38:02 AM PST by carriage_hill ( Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're just the bug.)
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To: gaijin
What if I put on my leiderhosen, feather duster cap and coils of climbing rope and went yodeling around Mecca..?

There is a death penalty for any non-muslim who'd dare enter the segregated city of Mecca because that's how tolerant the muslims worldwide are.


32 posted on 02/24/2015 8:38:07 AM PST by a fool in paradise (Shickl-Gruber's Big Lie gave us Hussein's Un-Affordable Care act (HUAC).)
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To: ilovesarah2012
An elementary school in San Diego created an extra recess period for Muslim pupils to pray.

Wow, this could result in a huge surge of elementary-age Muslim converts.


33 posted on 02/24/2015 8:39:21 AM PST by caligatrux (Rage, rage against the dying of the light.)
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To: GodAndCountryFirst; Morgana

Planet Fitness banned a man who wore a pro-life t-shirt

http://liveactionnews.org/planet-fitness-breaks-its-own-rule-by-asking-a-pro-life-man-to-leave/

because they are “tolerant” and “non-judgmental”


34 posted on 02/24/2015 8:39:22 AM PST by GeronL
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To: GodAndCountryFirst

Now he’ll get athlete foot on his forehead and knees.


35 posted on 02/24/2015 8:41:31 AM PST by windcliff
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To: GodAndCountryFirst

They just can’t wait until they get home before “praying” to their moon god?


36 posted on 02/24/2015 8:42:18 AM PST by ScottinVA (Communism, liberalism and Islam: Kindred ideologies dedicated to America's destruction.)
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To: gaijin
Mecca isn't in America. I understand now that the Constitution has been perverted
by those intent on destroying America by calling it a living Document, and have interpreted
the Constitution as a national suicide pact. That pact is being exercised daily by the Democrats.
37 posted on 02/24/2015 8:42:43 AM PST by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: GodAndCountryFirst

The concept of Private Business breathed its last gasp back in the LBJ administration.


38 posted on 02/24/2015 8:44:04 AM PST by samtheman
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To: GodAndCountryFirst
Western Hills High School alumnus Mohamed Fall is a practicing Muslim...

Practicing? Does that mean he is raping, enslaving or killing Infidels? No? Then he's just another apostate, faux-Muslim, and ISIS/ISIL will kill him as quickly as you or me.

39 posted on 02/24/2015 8:47:39 AM PST by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: GodAndCountryFirst

That’s just part of the plan.

Stop them now or they will take over the streets and public squares by the hundreds to pray, just like they do in France.


40 posted on 02/24/2015 8:49:30 AM PST by SaxxonWoods (Life is good.)
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