The Chicago Tribune spoke with ACLU of Illinois Communications and Policy Director Ed Yohnka, about a religious liberty issue in the case of a teacher in the Berkeley, Illinois school district who was denied by her employer her request for a leave of absence to fulfill her pilgrimage to Mecca.

"For many people, their faith defines them," said Ed Yohnka of the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. "We need to be mindful of that when it comes to making appropriate accommodations."

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