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April 2, 2009

More Sharia law in Minnesota

Topics: Understanding Islam

From the state of Minnesota (fast-becoming Minnesomalia), via the Star Tribune in which such stories are becoming a common occurrence, comes this incredible story of Somali workers making it clear they have no intention of integrating into American society - only forcing sharia law on Americans, and an American court supporting their actions (HT - Andy McCarthy):

Muslim workers receive $1.35 million under a religious discrimination settlement.

A federal judge gave approval for Gold'n Plump Inc. and an employment agency to pay $1.35 million to settle lawsuits alleging religious discrimination against Muslims at a chicken processing plant in Cold Spring, Minn.

The money will go to 128 Somali Muslims who claim that St. Cloud-based Gold'n Plump violated their religious rights by refusing to allow them prayer breaks during work hours, and to another 28 workers who said a St. Paul employment agency, the Work Connection Inc., required them to sign forms acknowledging they would be required to handle pork.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigated the allegations and said it found cause to believe discrimination occurred, according to lawsuits filed last year.

In a settlement approved Tuesday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeanne Graham, Gold'n Plump will add a paid break during the second half of each shift to accommodate Muslim employees who wish to pray. The break is in addition to one early in the shift and lunch breaks required by law.

The Work Connection has agreed to provide offers of employment to the 28 job seekers who were turned away for not signing the "pork form."

The $1.35 million settlement includes $985,000 for legal costs and $365,000 in cash payments to the 156 workers.

Let's not forget that this case was held in federal court and is expected to have nationwide implications that essentially enables the agenda of radical Islamist groups like CAIR and The Muslim Brotherhood to Islamicize America. As Robert Spencer notes at Jihad Watch, there are plenty of jobs these workers could have taken that would not have required them to handle pork. No one forced these Somalis to take this particular job. And that is why this whole lawsuit is more redolent of a stealth jihad initiative to intimidate American businesses into conforming to Sharia norms, rather than a genuine discrimination case.

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