Religious accommodations have been made routinely by U.S. business for hundreds of years without much ado – with employers allowing Jewish employees time off to celebrate Chanukah and Rosh Hashanah and allowing them to fill shifts for employees who want time off to celebrate Christmas and Holy Week.
The mutual respect and consideration have been a feature of life in a country that reveres a First Amendment that guarantees the right to practice the faith of one’s choice.
But that assumes the religion is one of goodwill, an assumption that is, unfortunately, not the case of those Muslims using a faith ideology as a weapon against the country that has welcomed them.
Muslims are required to pray five times a day on a strictly set schedule that doesn’t easily lend itself to the workday in most jobs, so when Robert Greene, a practicing Muslim was faced with a choice between praying or working – he didn’t look for a different job or excuse himself for a brief prayer.
He sued his employer in federal court.
Greene claims Whole Foods discriminated against him because of his religion, alleging that his manager once told him, “This is not a mosque,” before terminating him from his job.
He is trying to collect back pay, as well as damages against the national natural foods grocery store to punish it for violating his civil rights.
Isn’t it odd that this hasn’t been an issue for Jewish, Lutheran, Catholic, Buddhist, Mormon, Baptist or other employees who manage to hold down a job and be true to their faith?
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