Yesterday the Nebraska Swift plant agreed to accommodate Muslim demands to change break times so that they could pray during Ramadan. But just as at the Greeley, Colorado Swift plant, non-Muslims are inconvenienced, and are protesting.
And so here again Swift faces a hideous choice — a choice that American businesses will increasingly be called upon to make. Either they will accommodate Muslims at the expense of non-Muslims, thus creating Muslims as a special class with special rights above non-Muslims, or they will refuse to accommodate Muslims, and thus be charged with “racism” and “bigotry,” and hauled into court for a battle they will almost certainly lose.
However, the more courts rule that special privileges for Muslims, at the expense of non-Muslims, constitute “reasonable accommodation” of Muslim demands, the more non-Muslims will continue to protest, and the more it will be clear that those who sneer and say “What’s the big deal? This doesn’t mean we’re about to become an Islamic state” are drastically short-sighted, and haven’t grasped the implications of these accommodation initiatives.
These initiatives are an attempt to create Muslims as an especially privileged class in the United States. They are part of the stealth jihad to bring Sharia, step by step, into this country, and to make it clear that when Islamic law and American practices conflict, it is American practices that must give way. The non-Muslim workers who are protesting at Swift’s Nebraska plant are living proof that Muslim accommodation means non-Muslim inconvenience (and, ultimately, worse than inconvenience). The fact that Muslim groups show no interest in this, or the slightest willingness to compromise, illustrates the unilateral, intransigent, and supremacist nature of their efforts. The non-Muslims in Nebraska’s Swift plant have already been on the receiving end of these efforts, even if they themselves don’t fully realize just what is going on and what they are up against.
A compromise reached to accommodate prayer for about 500 Somalian meatpacking plant workers in Grand Island led to a counter protest of even more workers at the JBS Swift & Co. plant Wednesday.
Workers including Caucasians, Hispanics, Vietnamese, and African-Americans walked out after clocking in on the B shift shortly after 3 p.m.
The objection — a change in the break schedule that leaves B shift workers shorted of hours Monday through Friday and forces them to work Saturday to earn at least 40 hours of pay.
“The Somalians say they can only work three hours after sunset, so we’re supposed to work 7.3 hours a day Monday through Friday,” said Naomi Jakubowski. “We’re supposed to come in and make up the time on Saturday or be shorted at just 36 hours.”
“I don’t want to sacrifice my Saturdays with my kids — and I can’t raise ’em on 36 hours of pay,” she said. “I’ve got rent, food and diapers to buy.”