Fast forward to 2013 America, because some are more equal than others here as well. . .
Ask Star Transport, of Peoria, Illinois. They are being sued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, for not allowing Muslim truck drivers to refuse loads that include alcoholic beverages. (And while we're at it. . . the EEOC needs map-reading lessons. Morton is ~6-8 miles from Peoria, and separated by a river and some "greenspace". . .)
And what, exactly, is wrong with firing employees who refuse to do their jobs ??
Yes, Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol. According to the online Korans, that would be in Surahs 2:219 and 5:90-91. It even covers the use of alcohol as a trace ingredient in foods, for those who strictly follow the Koran.
But Commerce ?? Zip. Zilch. Nada. In fact, there are Islamic Wine Merchants.
And we've been here before. Several years back, Islamic taxi drivers (mostly Somalis, it has been reported...) refused to take passengers who were carrying bottles of alcohol, or had guide dogs. And in the end: they lost: first offense for refusing to carry a passenger: 30 days suspension: second offense: loss of taxi permit.
The whole issue here is one of Public Accomodation: these businesses are open to all comers, and may not refuse service to anyone based on religious or other criteria (based on protected groups) . . . . firing an employee who objects to their regular duties is NOT included in this. And this is not the first try at this: a Disney "Cast Member" sued because she was not allowed to wear the hijab to work. Disney even offered a compromise: an outfit that covered her head as she required, but she rejected it because it made her look "silly". . .
Now, I'm quite sure some wag will quote the Religious Freedom Restoration Act at me. . .except that it's scope has been limited to that of the Federal Government by several court decisions. The issue is NOT freedom of religion here, it's the ongoing effort by SOME religions (namely Islam) to get the entire camel into the tent by allowing the nose first. . .
The threat here ?? The following is a description (slightly modified) from Dr. Peter Hammond's book: Slavery, Terrorism and Islam: The Historical Roots and Contemporary Threat.
As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone. In fact, they may be featured in articles and films, stereotyped for their colorful uniqueness.
At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities and disaffected groups with major recruiting from the jails and among street gangs [Europe, Australia, USA and Japan]. Six percent of US prison inmates are Muslim. Like any other minority, they won’t integrate, but work to build their own separate community.
From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population. South Africa's Muslim population is 2%, but they control 35% of the businesses, a large percentage of the banks and have five Cabinet seats while Christians (77% of the population) have none.
They will push for the introduction of halaal (clean by Islamic standards) food, thereby securing food preparation jobs for Muslims. They will increase pressure on supermarket chains to feature it on their shelves (along with threats for failure to comply).
At this point, they will work to get the ruling government to allow them to rule themselves under Sharia; Islamic Law. The ultimate goal of Islam is not to convert the world, but to establish Sharia law over the entire world.
When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions. (i.e.: car-burnings in France last October.) Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats.
After reaching 20% expect hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning (India, Mindanao, Philippines).
At 40% you will find widespread massacres, chronic terror attacks and ongoing militia warfare [Indonesia].
From 60% you may expect unfettered persecution of non-believers and other religions, sporadic ethnic cleansing (genocide), use of Sharia Law as a weapon and Jizya (infidel tax). (Sudan, Kosovo, Lebanon and Egypt).
After 80% expect State run ethnic cleansing and genocide [Western Papua (New Guinea), Iran, Biafra, Turkey and North Nigeria].
100% will usher in the peace of "Dar-es-Salaam" - House of Peace - as in Saudi Arabia, Libya and Yemen.
While this seems a bit paranoid initially, when you start actually looking at recent history and demographics. . . it tracks. And THAT, gentle readers, is a truly scary thing to behold.
Well, the Wizard knows where HE stands on this: do you ?????
******Well, the Gun Propaganda wars continue. . . as students at Chase Lake Elementary School, in Edmonds, Washington found out. . . they were suspended for bringing a NERF gun to class, for a teacher-approved project in probability. .
. Moral of the story: don't trust your teacher. . .
And back to Calvert County, Maryland (and hey, what IS it with Maryland lately ?? Have they installed a large SuperConducting Stoopid Magnet or something ???). Because at Northern Middle School, in Owings, Maryland, they suspended an 11-year-old boy for TALKING about guns. That's right friends. . .
No action, just a kid saying that he wished that he had been at Sandy Hook with a gun, to stop that madman from murdering all those children. On the bus ride home, not even in the school. After hearing this conversation, the bus driver hauled the sixth-grade student back to school, where he was questioned by the principal, one Mr. Darrel Prioleau, and an unnamed sheriff's deputy who queried the boy's father about whether he had firearms, and that he wanted to search the home. Without a warrant, of course. . .
Weep for the nation and the future. . .