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Legal strategy to fight Disney has precedence; employees can’t be forced into religion of ‘wokeism’

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As more U.S. corporations force employees to engage in what many see as overtly bigoted Critical Race Theory training, some analysts believe the only way to successfully push back is through the courts.

In a segment Sunday on “The Next Revolution,” Fox News host Steve Hilton discussed developments at the iconic Walt Disney Company, which is reportedly forcing its white employees to undergo the training, according to filmmaker, writer, and researcher Christopher Rufo.

Under a program called “Reimagine Tomorrow,” materials reportedly mention phrases like “systemic racism,” “white privilege,” “white fragility,” “white saviors,” “microaggressions” and “anti-racism,” the latter of which is seen by critics as actually teaching racism.

The program, Hilton said, is the latest in a “hundred-year effort to undermine faith, family, and culture” by the left, which has now “taken over corporate America.”

(Video: Fox News)

“The question is: How do we best fight back?” Hilton asked before bringing in his guests including Vivek Ramaswamy, the author of “Woke, Inc.: Inside Corporate America’s Social Justice Scam.”

“I think that this new form of so-called ‘anti-racism’ is the single greatest form of institutionalized racism in the United States today,” he began, going on to say the best way to deal with it is “through the courts.”

“It’s the one institution we can still trust,” Ramaswamy said, adding that there are “existing legal doctrines” that can be utilized in cases.

“If we look at the Supreme Court’s own jurisprudence on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, there’s actually an answer,” he said.

Ramaswamy went on to explain that a particular section of established civil rights law prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on religious grounds, noting that it also prohibits employers from requiring employees to ascribe to certain religious tenets.

“I believe ‘wokeness’ clearly meets the Supreme Court’s own definition for what counts as a religion,” he said. “Down to original sin, down to forbidden words, forbidden clothing, catechisms, apologies, ex-communications. This is a modern religion, a secular religion but a religion nonetheless.

“Companies like Disney can no longer force their employees to bow down to this religion any more than they can force them to bow down to a cross,” Ramaswamy, a Yale Law School grad and founder of pharmaceutical company Roivant Sciences, continued.

“It’s a counterintuitive argument, it’s legally well supported, there is strong precedence, and I wanna see Disney’s employees taking this case to court right now because I think they have the legal grounds to win,” he added.

Last week, in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Rufo called on Americans to reject companies like Disney that are pushing CRT curriculum.

“Disney is saying is we should reject the idea of equality, that people should be treated equally, regardless of their skin color, and they say they need to pursue a policy of equity where people achieve equal outcomes, and this is the tip of the iceberg,” he said.

“The only end of this is division, self-hatred, and I think it should be very clear that Disney makes its money on Middle Americans who go to their theme parks and buy their content, and those people should know that this corporation, it hates you, it hates your culture, and it hates the color of your skin,” he added. “I think Americans should reject this kind of politics and reject the companies that are pushing it.”

Meanwhile, Georgia-based conservative activist Janelle King said Disney’s effort to push CRT ideology seems hypocritical given that its theme parks in the U.S. are among the most visited by travelers from around the world.

“It’s almost like the wokest place on earth was previously the racist place on earth,” she said, “and now somehow they have found the racism, and now they are just now deciding to address it.”

Jon Dougherty

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