Coming to a bar or restaurant near you:
A Muslim flight attendant filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming she was suspended from her job for not serving alcohol, which is against her religious beliefs, CBS Detroit station WWJ-AM reports.
Lena Masri, an attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations Michigan, said Charee Stanley followed management’s directions, working out an arrangement with her coworkers to accommodate passenger requests for alcohol.
However, Masri said, ExpressJet Airlines put Stanley on administrative leave after another attendant filed “an Islamophobic complaint” that referenced Stanley’s head scarf.
“We notified ExpressJet Airlines of its obligation under the law to reasonably accommodate Ms. Stanley’s religious beliefs,” Masri said at a news conference in Farmington Hills on Tuesday. “Instead, ExpressJet close to violate Ms. Stanely’s constitutional rights, placed her on administrative leave for 12 months, after which her employment may be administratively terminated.”
Masri said the arrangement Stanley had with other attendants to serve alcohol for her had been working out fine since Stanley converted to Islam about a month after becoming a flight attendant for ExpressJet.
“I don’t think that I should have to choose between practicing my religion properly or earning a living,” Stanley said. “I shouldn’t have to choose between one or the other because they’re both important.” (via CBS Detroit)
Which is exactly the problem, the head scarf or the booze? Hint to CAIR: make up your mind. It sounds like the alcohol issue was being tolerated. Are headscarves part of the uniform? Seriously. Does ExpressJet have this as part of their employees’ wardrobes if that is what they choose to wear?
This woman gets a job as a flight attendant, where serving alcohol is part of the deal – anyone who has ever flown knows this – THEN converts to Islam out of the blue? Who converts to a religion out of the blue? It’s usually a journey. Didn’t she have any inkling this was coming? And it’s not like the ban on booze is something new. It’s been there since Muhammad went to the mountain…and is the main reason why Russia is/was Christian and not muslim (the Czar at the time wasn’t going to live without Vodka). She didn’t factor this in when taking the job?
And who the heck says that she HAS to make a living as a flight attendant? It’s not like this is the only sort of job out there. An old friend made a similar argument once about auto workers, the union, and stamping plants. Seriously, if it doesn’t work out, find another way to make a living. Don’t sue because well established work rules violate your faith. Honestly, how many pro-life Christians work in abortion clinics? Same principle.
Sorry, but this playing of the guilt card just isn’t going to work. Too many people are paying attention and calling it for what it is: playing the victim to instill sharia in the workplace. Yeah, this really is not going to catch on. (Reminder to self: next flight, buy a little bottle of gin just to exercise my own civil rights.)
For more reading on how this is happening in the USA, Pamela Geller has a piece in Breitbart this week.