A popular backlash in Britain has forced the one of country’s largest retailers to apologize after a London outlet gave Muslim employees permission to refuse to sell alcohol to paying customers.
According to the Telegraph, customers at a Marks and Spencer in the nation’s capital trying to buy booze or pork products (also not kosher, according to Islam) were asked to move to another register because Muslim employees objected to handling the sales.
“I had one bottle of champagne, and the lady, who was wearing a headscarf, was very apologetic but said she could not serve me. She told me to wait until another member of staff was available,” one customer said, according to the Daily Mail. ”I was taken aback. I’ve never come across that before.”
But where a spineless British government bows to Muslim pressure – like banning prominent activists American Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer over fears of retaliation – the British people rebelled. Maybe watching two Muslim extremistsbutcher an off-duty soldier then brag about it on television has had some impact.
The backlash included a Facebook page calling for a boycott of the store, with some writers saying Christians would never get comparable treatment if they let their beliefs get in the way of business.
One man wrote: “If you have Christian workers who wish to refuse the sale of ladies’ garments to male homosexuals or men’s trousers to lesbians, I do hope you will stand by those workers’ religious or personal beliefs.”
On Saturday night, Marks and Spencer issued a statement apologizing for what it called a misunderstanding.
“Where we have an employee whose religious beliefs restrict food or drink they can handle, we work closely with our member of staff to place them in suitable role, such as in our clothing department or bakery in foods.”
An American company would never let that kind of a misunderstanding happen would it?
Maybe, maybe. In 2006 and 2007, Muslim taxi drivers in at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport caused a big stir when many declined to carry passengers who had alcohol with them claiming it was against their religion to do so.
The taxis’ regulator, the Metropolitan Airports Commission, put an end to that nonsense by voting in stiff penalties for any hack who declined a fare.
But that was in 2007. This country hasn’t changed that much since then, has it?
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