And why wouldn’t everything be smooth? — except, of course, for the non-Muslims who are inconvenienced and feel discriminated against by the preferential treatment that the J. B. Swift company is giving to its Muslim employees. But those non-Muslims don’t dare speak up now. The writing is on the wall. Equality of rights and equality of treatment? Pah! Those are the shibboleths of yesterday’s men! Today, we speak of multiculturalism, which means that all cultures are equal, except that some are more equal than others!
“‘Everything is smooth’, Muslim says of plant working conditions this Ramadan,” by Chris Casey for the Greeley Tribune, August 26 (thanks to John):
Muslim workers are on bended knee in prayer. Company officials are on their toes.
The result: A ruckus-free Ramadan.
So far, anyway.
“Everything is smooth now and people are happy and the company is happy,” said Asad Abdi, vice president of the East Africa Community Center in Greeley.
Abdi and Graen Isse, another East Africa Community leader, visited the JBS USA plant on Monday, the first work day of Ramadan, to see how things went at sundown.
That’s when Muslims break their daily fast and pause for evening prayers.
“Everyone was saying “˜happy Ramadan, happy Ramadan,'” isse said. “It was very welcoming.”
The company had even put out dates, food customarily eaten to break the fast, for the workers. The Muslims were allowed to leave production lines in shifts and go to prayer rooms “” one for men, another for women “” for 10-minute breaks.
“The people were working together on the line. They’re covering for each other,” Abdi said. “When one person goes to pray, the other covers his place. “¦ If (JBS) knew it would be this easy they wouldn’t have had the problems before.”
Last September, things were much different.