Friday News Roundup: Making peace and headlines too

This week, one of New York’s favorite electronics stores has been hit with discrimination lawsuit, a Muslim mayor is elected in a blue collar town and the Washington Post explores the heated topic of faith healing.

But first, we have some exciting news of our own. The Fondation Chirac has awarded its first Conflict Resolution prize to two of Tanenbaum’s Peacemakers in Action: Imam Muhammad Ashafa and Pastor James Wuye, of Nigeria. Visit Heather’s latest post to learn more about the courageous awardees.

B&H Photo Video, New York City’s famous Hasidic-run electronics warehouse has been hit with a $7 million sexual discrimination lawsuit. Naskinsha Cushnie, a female cashier and three former female employees are claiming they were not promoted to the sales clerk position because “Jewish law forbids it.” Cushnie said when she showed interest in the position, she was told “I couldn’t because I’m a woman. That simple. That’s it” (Gothamist reports).

B&H flat out denied the allegations:

“B&H has a policy of not discriminating against employees and applicants which we strictly follow. We have just found out about these allegations and we take them very seriously and will investigate” (CBS reports).

I went to B&H a few weeks ago for the first time and found it odd that none of the sales clerks were women. Is this an unwritten policy? It’s up to the Bronx Supreme Court to decide.

One little, blue collar Washington town is proving that stereotypes of small town America are just that: stereotypes. In Granite Falls, a rough, predominately white logging town where in the past minorities were not easily accepted, residents elected Haroon Saleem, a Muslim native of Pakistan, as their mayor. Despite a recent PEW poll in which 52% of Americans say they are worried about the possible rise of Islamic Extremism in the United States, up from 46% in 2007, Granite Falls proves that slowly but surely, town by town, America is breaking through its prejudices. Check out one of our older posts for more on Islamophobia.

The Washington Post featured an interesting analysis of children and faith healing, exploring the prevalence of faith healing in the United States as a means of treating ill children and analyzing several of the most notable cases. We’ve followed some of these stories in our roundups over the last few months; visit Islam All Over and A bit of all that for more. Also, the author, Jonathan Turley, later took questions from around the country about his article. Check it out.

Have a great weekend and visit our website for more exciting religious diversity news!