Dear Corporate America:
Have you updated your policies to maintain clear workplace compliance to code of ethics and compliance with any corporate grooming standard? What about your standard for private acts of worship within the public space?
If not, in the future, you may hire a "moderate" Muslim employee who later sues for the right to pray at work, with a separate space for ablution, and an additional space to pray.
If not, in the future you may hire a "moderate" Muslim woman who presents without hijab, and later sues to wear hijab.
These issues, are going to create morale problems in the future for many corporations.
But what is the best solution for an individual who creates a morale problem and builds resentment amongst the labor force which seeks to comply with business standards which are already in place? The best solution, is that the individual be fired.
Interference and encroachment of religious duty within the workplace environment brings Shariah to America and subjugates our freedoms to Islamic Law.
Secondary documents to be signed which determine that the employee fully understands that any attempt to change workplace compliance and corporate culture to reflect Islamic law, will be grounds for termination.
The bottom line in America is this: Your religious conviction can be your sacrifice. You can not demand the same sacrifice from one who does not follow your creed. I can read my Bible at home. I cannot demand to read it at work. I can wear a crucifix or religious ornament at home. I may not be able to wear it at work. The same goes for Jewish, Islamic and any other belief. My belief, cannot encroach in the public sector.
But it is important to remember that Islam is a government. It is the government of Allah. We are a republic, not a theocracy. Islam, when strengthened, functions as a cultural eraser of the host Western nation.
In this decade our courts and corporations will be stressed with multiple lawsuits which seek to erase American culture and install Islamic compliance in the workplace. See this for what it is and erase the word "tolerance" from the equation. We should not tolerate the installation of the tenets of a form of governance which is contrary to our American heritage. We must not allow our republic to be superimposed with Islamic Law, which is contrary to our tenets of human liberty. Here is the trick: Liberty only works if my liberty does not infringe on your own liberty. The Muslim employee suing Disney has infringed on their liberty and right to determine a dress code for a distinct trade, where Disney characters have never been known to wear hijab. Corporations which choose to allow hijab can do so. But we should stand firmly in support of corporations who choose to maintain standards of grooming according to their vision for their public corporate face. Disney, has a right to set their dress code and expect both respect and compliance from those who are fortunate enough to work for them.
As Americans, we have the right to fight against the encroachment of Islamic values within our work spaces and schools. This encroachment will move from mere standards of grooming, to special privileges, whether it be to leave the desk to pray at work, or demand a halal menu in a public school setting or restaurant. Let the private worship of Muslims in their homes and within their houses of worship be fully embraced. We embrace the same for all faiths in America. The movement of the a demand for corporate behavior modification to support Shariah law, must be fully resisted. If we bend, if we bow, to Islam, we cease to be Americans in the fullest meaning of the word. The immigrant, is required to assimilate into the host nation, to the best of their ability. That does not mean they cannot practice their faith. It merely means that in the West, they cannot demand across the board accomodation for their beliefs.
Little things, such as what Disney faces, are the same sectarian mess which plagues many Muslim-majority nations, as each group fights over "whose rules" of religious conduct applies. In America, rules of religious conduct apply to the home. They cannot be forced onto other citizens.
Once again, your religious conviction requires your sacrifice, not mine. The Muslim employee who had such a strong conviction toward hijab should have left Disney, and sought a job which would allow hijab. A religious conviction which costs the other, instead of the believer, is bullying behavior.
We are ill-prepared for the gradual encroachment of Islamic law into America, with the erosion of the principles which make us a great place for all immigrants to live.
The above was written on-the-dash so it seems good to add the link to what was written for Daily Times Pakistan. I put quite a bit of thought into what I contribute to international media.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Dear Corporate America:
Posted by tammyswofford at 12:33 PM