Accommodation for Muslim practices is no different from accommodations for other religious practices. American law treats Sharia just like any other religion’s sacred law, values, and lifestyle. According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, an employer must provide a reasonable accommodation for religious practices unless doing so would result in undue hardship. If a shop clerk wears a headscarf or takes a prayer break, this does not impose her religion on anyone else. Schools and businesses often adjust working or study conditions or allow for religious garb for Jews, Sikhs, and others. When businesses freely tailor products to certain customers (e.g., vegetarian restaurants for Seventh Day Adventists or Buddhists, kosher and halal meats for Jews and Muslims), this doesn’t hurt anyone else – it is merely an example of capitalism and the free market in action.

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