Ramming Islam down your throat:
Muslim Asks City for Woman-only Pool Times Â Â CBNNews.com –
“It’s a growing conflict between Western society and Islamic cult(-ure) in America.”
A Muslim woman in Oregon has petitioned the city-run pools to provide women-only swim times.
Lul Abdulle’s Islamic beliefs prohibit her from swimming in the presence of men. Â The Somali Women’s Association wants Portland to provide after-hours swim times and provide female lifeguards.
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Texas companies give in to Muslim employee demands
* What’s mostÂ infuriatingÂ is theÂ sympatheticÂ tone and theÂ grovelingÂ by this journo, jessica Meyers. As if little Muslim victories on our turf would somehow (how?) improve our society… Â NOT!
Left to right, Terry Howard, Director, Diversity & Inclusion, and engineers/managers Manzur Mahmud and Siraj Akhtar in the J Wing Serenity Room at Texas Instruments. The room is used by Muslim employees for prayers. It is also open to all employees. (Watch this space! Not for long. Once a place has become Islamic… you know what’s coming..)
* Â North Texas employers answer prayer room requests,” by Jessica Meyers for the Dallas News,
Manzur Mahmud used to hide when he prayed.
He’d duck down in his cubicle at Dallas’ Texas Instruments or scramble to a friend’s office to conduct two of his five daily Muslim prayers. Now the Bangladeshi engineer walks down the corridor and enters a small prayer room.
North Texas companies are increasingly making space for quiet rooms as Muslim employees play a larger role in the U.S. workplace and feel more secure about verbalizing their faith.
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Tyson Foods drops Labor Day holiday for Eid al-Fitr
Eid Mubarak, Shelbyville! Stealth Jihad Alert from Tennessee: “Tyson drops Labor Day holiday for Eid al-Fitr,” by Brian Mosely for the Shelbyville Times,
Prayer rooms in Texas
Meanwhile, businesses nationwide are seeing a rise in the number of religious discrimination charges. The changing nature of the workplace is forcing organizations to navigate the nuances of religious acceptance and office productivity.
“People have started coming forward and identifying themselves as Muslims,” said Mr. Mahmud. “And employers are realizing that if their employees are happy, they work better.”
Dallas-based American Airlines has a multipurpose room visited up to four times a day by its Muslim employees who previously prayed in the stairwells. Nortel’s Dallas campus has several scattered quiet rooms available for prayer, and Electronic Data Systems in Plano just opened one last fall.
To aid companies,Â the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued new guidelines last week for handling religious diversity issues.
Islamic prayer, which involves a specified cleansing and prayer routine, also causes confusion for those unfamiliar with the practice. Islam mandates five daily prayers in the direction of Mecca. Two of these prayers, early and late afternoon, often fall during work hours.
North Texas has up to 180,000 Muslims, the second largest population in Texas next to Houston and the seventh largest Muslim community in the United States. Many work in information technology and engineering jobs in Dallas and are now assuming management positions.
“Today you even have leadership and management training workshops associated with Muslims,” said Mohamed Elibiary, president of the Freedom and Justice Foundation, based in Plano. “They are trying to climb the corporation into management whereas in the 1990s they were just happy to have a stable job.”
Muslim backlash after 9/11 had a profound impact on the community, Mr. Elibiary said, and only now are Muslims becoming comfortable enough to showcase their faith again. He attributes it to American disenchantment with the Iraq war and the war on terror.
“As Americans started losing confidence, they stopped fearing their Muslim neighbor,” he said.
Some of the diversity guidelines provided by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:
â€¢Employers should make efforts to accommodate an employee’s desire to wear a yarmulke, hijab or other religious garb. If the employee is required to wear a uniform, consider allowing modifications to include religious garb.
â€¢Managers and employees should be trained not to stereotype based on religious dress and grooming practices.
â€¢Employers should be sensitive to the risk of unintentionally pressuring or coercing employees to attend social gatherings after the employees have indicated a religious objection to attending.
Pool-times for Muslim women
But the city says that would discriminate against men and other religions.
“We can’t discriminate against religion; the other is we can’t discriminate in favor of religion,” Portland City Attorney Harry Auerbach said.
“It would essentially violate the rights of male lifeguards if we only hired female lifeguards for certain duty,” he added.
The Muslim woman says everyone should have the right to exercise and good health.
* Muslim woman: go and take a hike!