Oregon: Muslim immigrant refuses to shake infidel boss’ hand, then sues company for $1M


When the cultural jihad fails, step two is the legal jihad. Source: Islamic woman who wouldn’t shake male boss’ hand sues for $1 million after firing | OregonLive.com

A woman of Islamic faith who was hired as a case manager at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare has filed a $1 million lawsuit against her former employer — claiming she was fired after she refused to shake the hand of a male boss, wore a head scarf on the job and asked for time to pray during the work day.

Sharmin Rahman’s lawsuit states that after starting her job on Dec. 1, 2014, she met a senior director, Royce Bowline. When Bowline tried to shake Rahman’s hand, Rahman declined by explaining that her faith prohibited her from shaking the hands of men, according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court.

The suit claims that afterward, a female employee, Bethany Kuhn, questioned her about it, allegedly saying, “I was told that you did not shake Royce’s hand. Did you know that he is our boss?”

The suit states that Rahman responded, “Yes, but that does not change things. I can’t shake his hand.”

A spokeswoman for Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare declined to comment, citing the pending litigation.

“We strive to treat all employees fairly and equitably,” wrote spokeswoman Samantha Ridderbusch.

The nonprofit employs 900 people in the Portland area and greater Willamette Valley. It offers assistance to about 15,000 people each year who are homeless or have problems with addictions or mental health.

Rahman was born in Bangladesh and her ethnic background is South Asian, according to the suit. She speaks with an accent, but started learning British English when she was in kindergarten. The suit states that she has a master’s degree in social work.

She was fired on April 14, 2015 — and the reason listed was “Inability or Not Qualified,” the suit states. Rahman was given no warnings about her performance and hadn’t been disciplined before her firing, according to the suit.

Among allegedly discriminatory episodes in her 4 ½ months on the job, according to her lawsuit:

  • Rahman prayed up to three times during the work day in her locked office, with a sign hanging on the door that read “Do not disturb.” The suit states that although Rahman explained her need to pray, an employee who Rahman supervised interrupted her four times by knocking on her office door and then unlocking the door and entering the office.
  • At least twice, Rahman’s supervisor, Elizabeth Miller, asked her about whether the head and neck scarves she wore posed a safety problem because a client could pull on the scarf. Rahman responded by saying no one had touched her scarves before.
  • Rahman’s supervisor, Miller, offended her several times by watching her while she ate traditional foods from Bangladesh for lunch, according to the suit. Miller “derisively said ‘what are you eating,'” the suit states.
  • Although Rahman wasn’t told her accent was a problem when she was hired, Rahman’s supervisor and another employee, Kuhn, “parroted” the way she spoke English — prompting her to cry, the suit states. Kuhn expressed surprise she went to Portland State University and told her she should go back to school to learn English, according to the suit.
  • Miller and Kuhn told Rahman that she wasn’t able to keep up to date with technology because of her age. The suit says the pair “mocked (Rahman) because she typed with her index finger.” According to a report by the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, Rahman was approximately 50 years old at the time.
  • The suit states that Miller would smoke during “walk-and-talk” meetings, despite Rahman asking her not to and requesting reasonable accommodation for her asthma.

Rahman is claiming not only religious discrimination, but discrimination based on her ethnicity, national origin and disability of asthma.

After her firing, Rahman complained to the state Bureau of Labor and Industries. An investigator there determined in July 2016 that Rahman hadn’t presented enough evidence to prove her case of discrimination based on religion or disability.

According to the investigator’s report, Cascadia said Rahman was having trouble using the organization’s software, wrote poorly constructed sentences and had been put on a “written warning with action plan” less than two months after her hiring.

The investigator also wrote that Cascadia defended itself by saying that Rahman didn’t complain about some alleged incidents, including that she was interrupted during prayer or that her supervisor made a funny face while looking at her lunch.

Read the BOLI report here.

The suit seeks up to $500,000 in noneconomic for humiliation, anxiety and distress. The suit seeks $500,000 for economic damages that include past and future lost wages and benefits.

Rahman also is seeking her job back.

Portland attorneys Daniel Snyder, Carl Post and John Burgess are representing Rahman.

Read the lawsuit here.

Importing Muslims who refuse to assimilate is the first mistake. Hiring them is the second.

PS: One has to wonder if the apparently unqualified and incompetent woman – based on the findings – was hired for fear of being accused of discrimination. Either way, Cascadia and its employees are learning about Islam the hard way (as is the last 15 years weren’t enough).

Muslim jailed for setting up al-Qaeda training camp…in Oregon, USA

via British terrorist Haroon Aswat jailed for setting up al-Qaeda training camp in US | Daily Express

Haroon Aswat, 41, faces up to 20 years in prison for his role in terrorist activities in the state of Oregon in 1999.

Aswat pleaded guilty in March to charges of conspiracy and providing material support to al-Qaeda.

Prosecutors say Aswat, a British citizen of Indian descent, and another man, Oussama Kassir, went to Oregon 16 years ago at the request of radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up the camp in a town called Bly.

Aswat’s intended role was to provide religious training at the camp, which prosecutors say was set up to support al-Qaeda and had the “terrifying objective” of training Muslim men to fight in Afghanistan.

Aswat, who is originally from West Yorkshire, is believed to have been in close contact with the four suicide bombers in the days before the London terror attacks on three Tube trains and a bus.

He was also an associate of the infamous British extremist Abu Hamza.

The one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza was convicted at trial in May 2014 by US District Judge Katherine Forrest, who will also sentence Aswat and in January handed Abu Hamza a life term.

Aswat (l), Hamza (c), unidentified future jihadi (r)

In court filings, lawyers for Aswat said a prison term of 12-and-a-half years would be appropriate, saying he was a gentle man who never condoned violence.But prosecutors have asked for the maximum sentence of 20 years, calling him a “loyal and devoted follower” of Abu Hamza.

Aswat’s lawyers have also said they hope he receives credit for time he has spent in custody since his arrest in Zambia in 2005 and deportation to Britain.

Oregon mass murderer was fan of Islamic State (ISIS), bought flag online

ISIS also claimed the Oregon massacre. via BARE NAKED ISLAM

The mainstream media didn’t think that information about Oregon shooter Chris Harper-Mercer’s Islamic connections were important enough to mention. (See link below). But now, evidence of a purchase he made online of the flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) has been found.

Harper-Mercer goes by the User Name IRONCROSS and left a comment about his purchase of an ISIS flag  (shown at left of comment) that reads:

“Exactly what I was looking for. I really like the quality. Great product, thanks! I will continue to make purchases from this company. I am very impressed. I WILL be back against soon. A+++++++ Seller. He also answered my questions quickly and satisfactorily. Received quickly, will be back for more purchases.”

Islamic State Flag, 3′ x 5′, ISIS, ISIL, Muslim, Islam

More: Islamic State claims Chris Harper Mercer mass murder


Oregon: Imam told Portland Seven that combat against U.S. was ‘legitimate jihad’


Prior posts on one of Oregon’s terror imams here, via: OregonLive.com

The imam of Portland’s biggest mosque collected money from worshippers after 9/11, sending the Portland Seven to Afghanistan to fight against coalition forces, the U.S. Department of Justice alleges in its fight to deport the imam.

Arguments between lawyers for Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye and the Justice Department reveal new details of the government’s legal maneuvers to strip the imam of his citizenship.

As religious leader of Masjed As-Saber, Kariye told several members of the plot that “Muslims should fight with fellow Muslim brothers of Afghanistan against Americans” and that this combat was a “righteous fight … legitimate jihad,” Justice Department lawyers wrote in an exhibit filed earlier this month in the immigration case.

“Kariye was present when members of the Portland Seven left to go wage jihad, and he wished them good luck on their journey,” according to an exhibit filed earlier this month in the government’s lawsuit to strip Kariye of his citizenship.

The imam was never charged with any crime related to the Portland Seven. While people who prayed in his mosque were sentenced to prison for their roles in the failed plot, Kariye’s only U.S. criminal conviction came in 2003, when he got probation for understating his income to qualify for state healthcare benefits and using a Social Security card with a false birth date.

Kariye’s lawyers, Nicole Nelson and Philip James Smith, have filed papers seeking to dismiss the government’s lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds. They argue that federal law requires the U.S. attorney to file such a complaint, not the team from the Justice Department’s Office of Immigration Litigation in Washington, D.C.

Government lawyers Benjamin G. Mizer, William C. Peachey and Christopher W. Dempsey argued in a response filed earlier this month that the law allows them to represent the U.S. in filing the complaint to strip Kariye of his naturalization.

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown is expected to rule on the dueling motions, but it’s unclear when.

Oregon: Authorities Look to Revoke Citizenship of Terror-linked Imam


At least one Democrat would send him to an internment camp. via US Authorities Allege Oregon Imam Assisted Radicals – ABC News. h/t thereligionofpeace.com

U.S. authorities are seeking to revoke the citizenship of an Oregon imam who they say tried to conceal past associations with radical Islamic groups.

Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye raised money, recruited fighters and provided training for insurgent groups battling Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the U.S. Department of Justice says in a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

FILE - This May 11, 2012, file photo, Portland Imam Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, who is one of 15 men who say their rights were violated because they are on the U.S. government's no-fly list, leaves the United Sates Court of Appeals following oral arguments on the ACLU No Fly List challenge, in Portland, Ore. U.S. authorities are seeking to revoke the citizenship of the Oregon imam who they say tried to conceal past associations with radical Islamic groups. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)Kariye was one of more than a dozen people who filed a lawsuit challenging the no-fly list, winning last year a court order saying the government must provide information about why people are on the list.

The immigration complaint does not include criminal charges. Government lawyers say Kariye for a time “dealt directly” with Osama bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam, the founders of al-Qaida, and he recruited sympathizers in the United States and Pakistan for an al-Qaida precursor known as Maktab Al-Khidamat.

Kariye is also accused of being a founding officer and director of the now-defunct Global Relief Foundation, which authorities say provided assistance to terror groups including al-Qaida and promoted radical jihad.

Federal authorities say Kariye failed to reveal those details in his application for citizenship, which was granted in 1998.

Attempts to reach Kariye through his Portland mosque and a former attorney were not immediately successful.

Born in Somalia, Kariye came to the United States on a student visa in 1982, according to the complaint. Between 1985 and 1988, he traveled to Afghanistan, where he went to a jihadist training camp and fought with the Afghan mujahedeen against the Soviets. He helped process foreign fighters arriving in Pakistan for travel to training camps, authorities say, working directly with bin Laden and Azzam. At some point, he was arrested for his involvement with the mujahedeen and spent four months in a Pakistani prison.

After returning to the United States in 1988, he applied for asylum and swore under oath that he hadn’t left the country or been arrested.

The Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989, but the complaint alleges that Kariye returned to Pakistan in 1990 and worked for three years to recruit sympathizers and raise funds for Maktab Al-Khidamat, the precursor of al-Qaida. He was listed as the Oregon point of contact on a 1994 flyer advertising a nationwide fundraising tour for Afghan jihad.

As the longtime leader at Portland’s largest mosque, Masjed As-Saber, Kariye is a well-known figure in the city’s Islamic community. It was not immediately clear Monday whether Kariye is still the mosque’s imam.

Local Muslims have known for years of the FBI’s interest in him.

Kariye was arrested at Portland International Airport in 2002 by an FBI-led anti-terrorism task force. He pleaded guilty to using a fraudulent Social Security number and defrauding the state Medicaid program by lying about his income to receive state-funded health insurance. A federal judge sentenced him to five years on probation.

In a 2003 affidavit, the FBI said it believed Kariye provided support to seven Muslims who tried unsuccessfully to join the Taliban in fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He was never charged.

Kariye was one of 10 people who in 2010 sued the federal government over their placement on the no-fly list. Eight others have since joined the case.

A federal judge in Portland ruled last year that the government must tell people what unclassified information was used to put them on the list, and if the information is classified, at least tell them the nature and extent of it.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Kariye and other plaintiffs in the case, filed a motion in April saying the government still hadn’t provided them with enough information about their placement on the no-fly list.

More via Portland imam had ties to Osama bin Laden, 4 terrorist groups.

Here’s our 2012 post on Kariye:  Oregon mosque led by convicted Social Security fraudster

Oregon: Muslim Gets 87 Months for Funding Suicide Bomber Who Killed 30

via FBI — Oregon Resident Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison in Connection with 2009 Suicide Bombing of ISI Headquarters in Pakistan.

Reaz Qadir Khan, 51, a naturalized U.S. Citizen living in Portland, Oregon, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman of the District of Oregon in connection with the May 27, 2009, suicide bomb attack at Pakistan’s intelligence service (ISI) headquarters in Lahore, Pakistan. The attack killed approximately 30 people and injured some 300 more.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, Acting U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of the District of Oregon and Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing of the FBI’s Portland Division made the announcement.

Khan previously entered a guilty plea admitting that he acted as an accessory after the fact to the crime of providing material support to terrorists. In entering his plea, Khan admitted arranging for the delivery of approximately $2,450 to Maldivian Ali Jaleel, one of the suicide bombers responsible for the May 27, 2009, attack. Khan also admitted to providing advice and financial assistance to Jaleel’s wives after the bombing, while knowing that providing such assistance would hinder and prevent the apprehension of Jaleel’s wives and others who may have helped in the attack. The 87-month sentence was jointly recommended by the parties and concludes a lengthy investigation of Khan’s connection to the attack.

Deport him.


Oregon: ‘ISIL we R here’ graffiti at elementary school playground in Salem

via ‘ISIL we R here’ graffitied at elementary school playground in S – KPTV. h/t Jihad Watch

SALEM, OR (KPTV) –  Salem police reported that someone painted alarming graffiti at Miller Elementary School this weekend.

Officers said “ISIL we R here” was spray-painted under a play structure. The graffiti was quickly cleaned up Monday morning.

Salem police said there is no known ISIL activity in the area.

This is also the first time they have seen graffiti like this.

“Of course it’s alarming,” Miller Elementary School Principal Jessica Brenden said. “It was a big surprise that it happened here at Miller.”

Brenden was disappointed someone would do this at her school.

“It’s unfortunate we had to put resources into cleaning it up when the resources could be spent in the classroom,” Brenden said.

Salem police said there is not much to go on in this case. Officers do not have any suspect description and only know that the crime was committed sometime over the weekend.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about the graffiti call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.


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