Muslim Meat Packing Plant Workers Want Accommodation For Prayer Time

Posted on August 13, 2007



O’REILLY: “Personal story” segment tonight, more accommodations requested for American Muslims. The Council on American Islamic Relations, CAIR, wants a meat packing plant in Nebraska to give Muslim workers time to pray around sundown. The plan says that would interrupt the assembly line. Joining us now from Chicago, Ahmed Rehab, head of CAIR’s office in the Windy City. OK, you know, more and more of these stories are surfacing now. And I’m wondering why they weren’t surfacing 10 years ago when we had American Muslims then. Now we have foot washes in some public universities. We have people — cabdrivers who don’t want to carry people with wine. Now we have a meat packing plant that the Muslim workers want, you know, time to pray around sundown. The plant says, hey, that’s in the middle of your shift. You know, we can’t make an accommodation. If we could, we would. But I didn’t hear about any of this stuff 10 years ago. Why am I hearing about it now?

REHAB: I think you’re framing and contextualizing this issue inappropriately. It has no connection to any other case. It is its own case. And the case is simple. It is the failure of a corporation to provide the necessary and appropriate reasonable accommodation, religious accommodation for workers in the work place, pursuant to Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, pure and simple.

O’REILLY: What does that say, the Civil Rights Act? REHAB: What that says is if a worker were to request religious accommodation that is reasonable, they should be provided with that accommodation by the corporation or the entity for which they work. That’s precisely what is happening here. [To see more, please click on the video below].

CAIR discusses the issue of Workplace Prayer with O’Reilly