Prayer Rooms and Chickens In Tennessee

In this Memri video, an Islamic preacher explains how Muslims will come to dominate the West. This man is not a firebrand; he’s quite reasonable. And if numbers are what count, then he’s also correct. However, that is the part that remains open to debate

Here’s a great example of how the dhimmitude described by this Islamic preacher comes to pass:

Workers at the Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Shelbyville will no longer have a paid day off on Labor Day but will instead be granted the Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr.

According to a news release from the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union, a new five-year contract at the plant included the change to accommodate Muslim workers at the plant.

Eid al-Fitr — which falls on Oct. 1 this year — marks the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.

Union leaders said implementing the holiday was important for the nearly 700 Muslims, many of them Somalis, who work at the plant that employs a total of 1,200 people.

This is a culturalist decision, one which favors Somali culture over American culture and local Shelbyville culture. It is simply wrong and wrong-headed, not to mention destructive. If Somalis refuse to acculturate they will remain in the unskilled, low-paid jobs they currently have. Working for Tyson’s is neither pleasant nor a way up and out of ignorance and poverty.

On the other hand, the majority wins, right? There is only one problem here: the news story got its figures wrong. Snopes points out that there are but 250 Somali workers out of the 1,200 employed at the Shelby plant. The twelve person union bargaining committee that passed on this resolution contained three Somalis. The mystery remains as to why the rank-and-file voted for it. Indifference?

Tyson company spokeswoman Libby Lawson said by phone that, “This isn’t a religious accommodation, this is a contractual agreement. The majority asked for it.”

That’s an interesting twist. A vote for a religious observance is not accommodation. As I said, twelve people passed on this and then the union members agreed. What is not clear is if it was a local Shelbyville vote or a national union vote…or what.

Refugee Settlement Watch follows the patterns of this and similar events. Here’s the linkto updates on this news, including the question as to why this story hasn’t received much national attention.

This is the conclusion of the post:
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Through 2007 we have admitted 82,000 Somalis to the US through the refugee resettlement program. Between 6000 and 7000 came in 2007 alone. Go to this post where a reader and I discuss those numbers.

P.S. If you are a new reader just joining us, see the Shelbyville Somali rampage of last week here.

Refugee Resettlement Watch is the place to go to become unsettled about the future prospects of our ability to maintain a coherent American culture in the face of the concerted onslaught against that coherence.

Meanwhile, one former employee of the Shelbyville plant complains about the Muslim prayer room he helped build in the Tyson plant:

Former employee and Shelbyville resident Anthony Proctor said he thinks what’s happening is wrong.

He said he helped build a special Muslim prayer room that’s located inside the plant and that no other Tyson facility has been that accommodating for any other religion.

“If we want to go pray, we don’t have one for Christians,” he said.


Lawson said they consider religious accommodations on a case-by-case basis. She said that so far, no one has asked for any other type of religious prayer room.

That’s an informative statement. The Somalis demanded a prayer room in the chicken processing plant and they got it.

If you followed the link at Refugee Settlement Watch, you saw that during that Somali’s rampage, the fellow seemed to focus on attempting to rape women in churches… and this spree followed his attendance at the Shelbyville mosque.

Thus it’s not as if the workers needed a prayer room because now we know they have a mosque. And they certainly didn’t have prayer rooms back home in Somalia. So what gives here? In my opinion, the demand was met because management wanted to quell disturbances among the militant. These workers have quickly learned the politics of grievance that works so well in this country. They may be uneducated, unskilled workers but someone has taught them the basics of negotiation in the US.

Shelbyville probably has the usual share of Baptist churches in the South; I haven’t checked. How many of the native-born workers at the plant are church-goers is another question, one which bears on the denominational prayer room at Tyson’s – or other workplaces for that matter. If there were such a thing as chapels in American workplaces, they would be non-denominational. We fought those battles a long time ago. However, being that such rooms would be a priori fit only for infidels, no militant Muslim would set foot in a “non-denominational chapel.”

Here’s the wrap-up on that news story:

A representative in New York said that no one there knew specifics about the new contract with the workers, but a person in research told Williams that holidays aren’t usually replaced and are more likely to be added on.

The decision will only apply to workers at the plant who are union members. All other employees at the plant will still have their normal Labor Day holiday.

Just so you know, only two hundred employees at the plant are not union members. My guess is that they belong to management. I doubt management cares what the one thousand workers do as long as they keep those chickens moving through the processing plant.

Anyone for Smart Chickens?

Hat tips: Dan Riehl’s World View for the news story and John in Basel for the video.

6 thoughts on “Prayer Rooms and Chickens In Tennessee

  1. If you “google” the words “Tyson Foods Eid Holiday” you will get 10 or more PAGES of “hits” on websites that are outraged over this union agreement in Shelbyville to substituted the Muslim Eid al-Fitra holiday for the American Labor Day holiday. People should boycott Tyson Foods until they correct this inexcusably foolish gesture to its Somali employees.

    Somalia is a failed state, and has been since 1991 when Muslim warlords like Mohammed Farah Aidid ambushed UN troops and dragged American soldiers’ bodies through the streets. “Blackhawk Down” was a graphic illustration on the anarchy and violence that is endemic in Somalia. Although Somalia is a Muslim country, not even Muslims are safe from the violence, and the ultimate goal of the Islamists is to impose Sharia law on the population. That is the reason why thousands of Somalis sought political refuge in the United States. The last thing the United States (and corporations employing the refugees) should do is promote Islam which is at the root of this failed state.

    Think of the Vietnamese refugees who were fleeing Communism in the 1980’s. Would the United States and its corporate employers enshrine Communist holidays in union contracts to accommodate the Vietnamese Refugees? Would they name their dining room after Ho Chi Minh? I think not. With regard to the Vietnamese Refugees, the United States and all the corporate employers involved in accommodating them did everything they could to acculturate the refugees to the American culture and democracy.

    Now let’s consider the Eid Holiday itself: Eid al-Fitr is the end of the Ramadan fasting which occurs approximately in the winter, no where near the Labor Day which was replaced in the Union Contract. “Approximately” is operative here, because the Islamic calendar is a haphazard lunar calendar which is approximately 11 days shorter than our calendar. The lesson here is that Allah’s revelation that the moon could be used to compute the seasons and the years (Surah 10:5) is dead wrong. But Moslems cling to this myth in spite of all scientific evidence. Regarding the celebration of “sacred months” commemorated by Eid, all non-Moslems should remember the chilling verse in the Koran, Surah 9:5 — “When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them, and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” Yes, Christians are idolaters, too, because the Koran says Christians worship Jesus, God, and Mary. (Surahs 4:171 and 5:116) Finally, reflecting on the companion Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha), Moslems got it wrong on several points — God told Abraham to sacrifice his true son, Isaac, not the son of his Egyptian concubine Hagar, Ishmael. Even in the Moslem world today, offspring of concubines are not entitled to family inheritance. The act of sacrifice was not an act of thanksgiving for God’s mercy as Moslems contend, but rather an act of obedience to God. The lamb was sacrificed as a substitute for Isaac, pointing to the substitutional sacrifice of Jesus Christ for our sins on the Cross. And lastly, in the original observance of this event (which today is still observed by Jews by the name of Rosh Hashanah), the sacrificed lamb was not distributed to family and friends for a big feast. The original record of this event is found in Genesis 22 (which was first written down about 950 B.C.) and its annual observance was ordained in Numbers 29:1-6. Why should American Jews and Christians enable Muslims in the fictitious enactment of this very sacred Judeo-Christian rite?

    Accommodating Muslims even in small gestures is dangerous to our American way of life. Immigrants, and particularly refugees from failed states, should learn American customs and holidays. They should learn to respect our secular traditions and institutions. If the Somalis, as Muslims, want to practice their religion in private, that is their right and privilege in this country. But they do not have a right to impose their 7th Century practices on the rest of the American citizens.

    Our country is big enough and strong enough to accommodate refugees, but we should not allow them to import and propagate the very cancer that caused their native countries to fail — whether it is Communism or Islam. Employers need to act more responsibly when dealing with political refugees. Tyson Foods is clearly in error in allowing this contract to be negotiated.

  2. Baron, please consider posting a separate link to the embedded video clips that uses their actual title. In this case, the screen will read “We’re sorry, this video is no longer available”, but the clip actually begins to play only with a blacked out screen. As the subtitles are required for proper viewing this renders the whole meghilla totally useless.

    A YouTube search for “Memri + Tyson” turned up nothing, nor did a similar search at Google Video. On many other ocassions embedded video clips at GoV deliver the same “We’re sorry” prompt.

  3. Chrisla:

    Ramdan moves backwards through the entire solar year, this year it starts approximately September 1, next year it will be closer to mid August. It is not specifically a winter holiday.

    Why can’t they create a floating holiday to be used when each person desire?

    When I was working for pay, I always took off for Yom Kippur but would have worked on December 25th had anyone asked.

  4. I have been boycotting Tyson products for two years, after I found out they are one of the biggest employers of illegal immigrants in the country. (They produce Jennie-O turkey products as well as chicken.) I hope all of you are boycotting Tyson as well and letting them know about it. PS — a tip I learned on another blog — turn their products over in the meat refrigerator or else shove them underneath other products so people can’t find them. I do this all the time while pretending to “sort” through the meat refrigerator at Safeway and I find it very satisfying indeed!

  5. eema to 3–

    The trade off of Yom Kippur and Christmas holidays among American workers has been common for several generations.

    This is especially true in hospitals, where 24/7 coverage is necessary. One did it without reflecting on the fact — just grateful there was someone willing to trade.

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