You see it - death by a thousand cuts. This is how Islam is imposed on the secular marketpale This is the same Islamic tactic Muslim cabbies used when they told the airport they wouldn't bend in alcohol dispute . Remember alcohol-bearing passengers were being refused service an average of 77 times a month? ABC News: Muslim Cab Drivers Refuse to Transport Alcohol, and Dogs.
Customer service, faith clash at cash register Star Tribune hat tip pakay
By Chris Serres and Matt McKinney, Star Tribune staff writers
Customer service and faith clash at registers Some Muslim cashiers at Target refuse to handle pork, setting off another debate over the place of religion in society.
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.
Why take a job you refuse to perform? It's a deliberate assault on our way of life. You want to live in America? Then live in America. You want to live in a Muslim country, live in a Muslim country.
Instead of swiping the items themselves, they are asking non-Muslim employees or shoppers to do it for them.
It has set off a firestorm of comments -- more than 400, as of Tuesday evening -- on the Star Tribune's community blog, www.buzz.mn. People called the newspaper from as far as Tokyo to voice their opinion.
It remains unclear how many Muslim cashiers in the Twin Cities are declining to ring up pork sales.