Friday, April 27, 2018

Judge Rules Pro-Trump Hat Is Not Part of Any Religious Belief

New York Post reports that a New York state trial court judge on Wednesday dismissed a discrimination suit that had been filed by an accountant who was told to leave a West Village bar because he was wearing a pro-Trump "Make America Great Again" cap.  At a hearing, plaintiff's lawyer, when faced with the argument that state and local anti-discrimination laws only protect religious beliefs and not political ones, attempted to turn plaintiff's case into a religious discrimination suit, saying:
The purpose of the hat is that he wore it because he was visiting the 9/11 Memorial.  He was paying spiritual tribute to the victims of 9/11. The Make American Great Again hat was part of his spiritual belief.
After hearing arguments, the judge took a short break and then ruled from the bench:
Plaintiff does not state any faith-based principle to which the hat relates.