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Outraged Muslims to March Against Amazon Over Muslim Prayer Breaks

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“Amazon provided us with a prayer room. … I pray in the room here. Amazon helped us by providing prayer rooms across the building.”

And still it’s not enough. Further proof of what I have explained for years. Accommodation to Muslim demands gives way to more demands, more submission. This mirrors the case against Hertz.  Hertz has been exceedingly generous to their Muslim workers. And the Muslim response has been this endless war of litigation and attrition. Hertz provided prayer rooms, rugs and prayer break times. Not good enough. Back in 2011, I reported that Hertz had was forced to suspend 35 Muslim workers because they were abusing their extra special “prayer break times” and refusing to clock out when praying. There was no way of knowing when their Muslim workers returned from their lengthy prayer breaks — five times a day. Then Muslim workers officially filed a lawsuit against the Hertz rental car company for “islamophobia.” Needless to say, it’s still ongoing.

I’ve been warning about this for years. You can read about it, and find tips for resisting it, in my book Stop the Islamization of America.

American companies have been accompanying Muslim demands over the past ten years and we have seen the explosion of Muslim lawsuits against American businesses because no matter how much they accommodate, and they invariably do, it’s never enough.

The Muslim flight attendant who refuses to serve alcohol to airline passengers. The Muslim who took Abercrombie and Fitch all the way to the Supreme Court because she wanted to wear the hijab despite their dress code. The Muslims who sued Star Transport trucking because they refused to do their job, transport alcohol.

Muslim lawsuits against Hertz, Wal-Mart, Target, Disney and a host of other American businesses for special rights, special accommodation have been largely successful creating a special rights for a special class of people — which is an accordance with Islam (in which Muslims are superior to the kuffar). But it goes against every American tenet of individual rights and separation of mosque and state).

The pattern is always the same. Companies that accommodate Muslims learn the hard way that accommodation leads to more demands, more submission, more sharia. Muslims employed by Ariens are allowed to leave the production line twice a shift to pray two of the five prayers their faith requires of them daily. They prayed five minutes at a time, designating their specific duties to colleagues. Arien is “asking employees to pray during scheduled breaks in designated prayer rooms. Our manufacturing environment does not allow for unscheduled breaks in production.” Not good enough for Muslim workers. They want to stop the line. Mind you, these Muslim workers don’t have to pray at those times. They can make up the missed prayers later. They don’t stop production lines in Iran and other Muslim countries for prayer. But here in the West, it is a way to impose Islam on the workplace, on the secular marketplace — and on their co-workers.

It is becoming increasingly difficult in this country to refuse to submit to the blasphemy laws under the sharia. These demands for accommodation are part of a very deliberate pattern to impose Islam on the secular marketplace.nA Muslim woman sued Disney. She  applied to and worked for Disney sans hijab. Subsequently, she insisted on wearing the hijab despite Disney’s dress code. Disney’s strict dress, the Disney Look, has been company policy since 1957. Disney issued this statement about the case:

“Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has a history of accommodating religious requests from cast members of all faiths. We presented Ms. Boudlal with multiple options to accommodate her religious beliefs, as well as offered her several roles that would have allowed her to wear her own hijab. Unfortunately, she rejected all of our efforts and has since refused to come to work.”

Of course she did.

Disney tried to accommodate Boudlal’s demands, even designing special headcoverings for her that went along reasonably well with the “Disney Look.” But she was unmoved. American Civil Liberties Union attorney Mark Rosenbaum revealed that the suit was all about making Disney bend to Muslim demands. He said: “You never see anyone working there wear a hijab. We want those practices changed, and want training for employees and managers. It’s about getting Disney to change its policies and practices.”

In all these cases, the company bends over backwards to accommodate these supremacist demands. But that’s always taken as a sign of weakness, and accommodation gives way to more demands.

In another case in New Jersey, a Muslim woman teamed up with the Hamas-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Why? Because her boss asked her to remove her hijab for safety reasons.

That was reminiscent of Samantha Elauf, the devout Muslim who sued soft porn retailer Abercrombie & Fitch because she wanted to wear the hijab. She won that case and got herself a healthy cash settlement – and Abercrombie and Fitch had to change the way they do business in order to accommodate her demands.

Muslims to March on Amazon Over Prayer Breaks

By Robert Kackley, PJM, April 22, 2017:

Amazon may have issued a “declaration of support” in January for a lawsuit against President Trump’s order to put a temporary halt to immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, but that hasn’t stopped outraged Muslims from planning a May 1 demonstration at the front door of the company’s headquarters in Seattle.

The Service Employees International Union and three Muslim guards who work for Security Industry Specialists, the security contractor Amazon uses to guard its facility, accuse SIS, and by implication Amazon, of refusing to allow the guards space to pray five times daily, even though members of other religions are granted the privilege of using prayer rooms.

Essag Hassan, a former SIS guard at Amazon, said he was let go because of his request to be allowed to pray on his work break.

“I was fired and not given a reason why,” Hassan said. “I’m speaking out for all Muslim security workers and for workers of any religion. When you ask for a space to pray on your work break, that request should be treated with respect.”

The SEIU told PJM “a strongly worded letter” from the “Seattle faith community” would be delivered to Amazon during the rally planned outside the company’s headquarters.

“Unlike other companies in locations with large Muslim populations, Amazon has not supported Muslim service workers requesting space to pray during their law-mandated work breaks,” the SEIU email to PJM said.

“Despite granting the high-earning tech workers conference rooms to pray in, there appears to be a double standard for the contracted security officers who protect the tech giant,” the SEIU email concluded.

The May 1 rally won’t be the first time SEIU and former SIS guards who are Muslim have knocked at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ front door.

The South Seattle Emerald reported in February “hundreds of devout Muslims, clergy, labor unionists” and even some Amazon workers took part in a prayer rally to demonstrate against SIS policy regarding prayer rooms.

The SEIU told PJM “a strongly worded letter” from the “Seattle faith community” would be delivered to Amazon during the rally planned outside the company’s headquarters.

“Unlike other companies in locations with large Muslim populations, Amazon has not supported Muslim service workers requesting space to pray during their law-mandated work breaks,” the SEIU email to PJM said.

“Despite granting the high-earning tech workers conference rooms to pray in, there appears to be a double standard for the contracted security officers who protect the tech giant,” the SEIU email concluded.

The May 1 rally won’t be the first time SEIU and former SIS guards who are Muslim have knocked at Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ front door.

The South Seattle Emerald reported in February “hundreds of devout Muslims, clergy, labor unionists” and even some Amazon workers took part in a prayer rally to demonstrate against SIS policy regarding prayer rooms.

“There’s been issues regarding religious prayers, [with some not being] given a space to practice,” Ismahan Ismail, a security specialist at Amazon, told the South Seattle Emerald. “When I did speak up, I was actually retaliated against. I had someone step on my prayer items.”

However, another guard took the microphone at the February rally and made it clear that the problem is not with any of Amazon’s corporate policies.

“I want to set the record straight,” Usama Baioumy said. “Amazon provided us with a prayer room. … I pray in the room here. Amazon helped us by providing prayer rooms across the building.”

The guards are not members of SEIU or any union. However, the Service Employees International Union has supported the SIS guards’ protests for several years. The union organized a protest against SIS in 2014 that featured the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Jackson compared the security company with the Ferguson, Mo., police department. An SIS executive told KNKX radio that SEIU was behind a “vicious corporate” effort to pressure the guards to unionize.

As far as the current controversy goes about Muslims being denied prayer rooms, SIS CEO Tom Seltz told Think Progress nothing could be further from the truth. He wrote in an email that SIS employees working at Amazon have always been given space to pray on breaks.

“Before prayer rooms were introduced, employees generally used a vacant conference room or quiet room, when available,” Seltz wrote. “This has been the case for the past four years (since we’ve been at Amazon), and the recent addition of dedicated prayer rooms has just made access even easier.”

However, the Think Progress article also quoted a guard who disputed Seltz’s claim.

This dispute over prayer rooms for Muslims isn’t the first problem SIS has had with its workers and the Seattle community. And the guards and the SEIU are not the only people or entity that have put pressure on Amazon because of the security contractor’s record of employee relations.

The Seattle Times reported that SIS settled a charge filed by the Seattle Office for Civil Rights in March 2015 that it had violated the city’s law regarding paid sick time. However, it said SIS also admitted no wrongdoing.

And then there was the complaint filed with the National Labor Relations Board alleging SIS had prohibited its employees from talking to each other about unionizing. The company also settled that problem with the NLRB and the case was closed.

Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant said in January her fellow council members should have SIS on their minds when deciding if Amazon should be given an alley that runs through the property where Amazon is building two office towers.

“Amazon has outsourced security guards to a company,” Sawant told the Seattle Times, “to try to avoid letting them have their democratic right to a union.”

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