[quote]If She Won’t Scan the Bacon, Do I Get It For Free?
Posted Mar 14th 2007 4:51PM by John Hinderaker
Filed under: Power Line, Religion, Islam
Some weeks ago, a national news story developed out of the fact that a number of Somali taxi drivers at the Twin Cities airport refused to transport passengers who possessed alcohol, claiming it would be a violation of Islamic law to do so. One curious aspect of the controversy was that the Islamic cab drivers themselves seemed to be split pretty evenly as to whether their religion imposes any such prohibition or not.
We here in Minnesota are on the firing line on these matters of religion. The latest controversy arises over the refusal of some cashiers to ring up sales of pork products:
Beryl Dsouza was late and in no mood for delays when she stopped at a Target store after work two weeks ago for milk, bread and bacon. So Dsouza was taken aback when the cashier -- who had on the traditional headscarf, or hijab, worn by many Muslim women -- refused to swipe the bacon through the checkout scanner. "She made me scan the bacon. Then she opened the bag and made me put it in the bag," said Dsouza, 53, of Minneapolis. "It made me wonder why this person took a job as a cashier." In the latest example of religious beliefs creating tension in the workplace, some Muslims in the Twin Cities are adhering to a strict interpretation of the Qur'an that prohibits the handling of pork products. Instead of swiping the items themselves, they are asking non-Muslim employees or shoppers to do it for them.
Once again, there doesn’t seem to be any consensus among the Muslims themselves on whether their religion bans scanning the bar code on a package of bacon and putting it in a bag. Somehow, I doubt that the Koran contains anything directly on point.
The comments are very interesting:[quote]
So you must also be opposed to pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control or morning-after pills on religious grounds?[/quote]
What would you NOT do, as in REFUSE to do because of your religious beliefs (and I’m speaking more of “normal” everyday activities, not murder or taking the Lord’s name in pain.)
Oh, and this was too funny to not quote:[quote]
Maybe we should put up a great wall of bacon between Iraq and Iran so we could stop the Iranians from supplying weapons.[/quote]
Me? I’m not a godly man, but I would never speak loudly in any house of worship. I treat them like libraries.