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Anti-Gay Muslim NYPD Candidate Files Suit, Says He's Discriminated Against for His Homophobic Religious Views

The NY Post reports on an NYPD candidate filing suit against the force:

NypdThe would-be cop from Brooklyn — identified only as “Farhan Doe” — is a Muslim-American who believes homosexuality is a sin as a matter of religious principal, according to the suit.

Doe deserves to be in the NYPD, despite checking the “yes” box next to the question, “Do you believe that homosexuals should be locked up,” in 2009, when he applied, said his lawyer, Jerold Levine.

When Doe — who works as an auxiliary cop in Brooklyn — applied to the Police Academy the next year, he’d softened his views, still believing homosexuality is a sin, but no longer believing gays should be arrested, Levine said.

“They pro forma denied him again — saying he couldn’t possibly be a police officer,” the lawyer said. “The First Amendment is very clear, saying that you can’t discriminate against someone because they have a view you do not like,” he said.

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  1. Yeah hand this bigot a badge and gun! I'm tire of people bringing up their "religion"- if he wants to be a public servant he must serve all the public who is paying his salary with their taxes.

    Posted by: jaragon | Jun 12, 2012 6:05:35 PM

  2. I don't know if faith can move mountains, but I know what it can do to buildings.

    Posted by: Dearcomrade | Jun 12, 2012 8:50:16 PM

  3. He would be welcomed with open arms on the MPD. The Mecca Police Department. If the people of NYC are lucky, he will join that enlightened crowd.

    Posted by: andrew | Jun 12, 2012 10:22:58 PM

  4. I am a little troubled by the Islamophobia I see in some of these comments. Yes, we all seem to agree that his proposition to join the force despite being explicit about his discrimination is foolish. I'm angry he thinks he has the right to sue. Surely he must have had a clue when he checked the box. The difference though between him and a lot of cops is that he acknowledged his prejudice where many cops are simply walking around the streets with theirs quietly felt.

    That being said, why do people on this site feel the need to say things like "he shouldn't even be in America..." and "I wouldn't care if he was shot leaving the grocery store." I know we're all pissed about and have been impacted by homophobia, but that is not an excuse to condone violence and Islamophobia. I see folks conflating being Muslim with not being American. There are plenty of Muslims born and raised right here in this country--American Muslims. We need to stop equating Muslim with "foreign" and "other". And if you're looking to pick on religion, let's not forget that plenty Christian folks, Jewish folks also have ongoing debates and conversations about homosexuality. The same is true in Islam. There are many Muslims who are not anti-gay on the grounds of religion. Do not use this story to make generalizations and derogatory comments about Muslims. As a queer Muslim born and raised in America, I am offended and troubled by what I've seen here.

    Posted by: Terna | Jun 16, 2012 2:28:16 AM

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