Pro Deo Et Patria- An Army Chaplain

I am a chaplain in the US Army, serving in Iraq. I'm keeping a blog to share my thoughts and experiences while deployed. They are my thoughts and they don't necessarily reflect the opinions of the US Army! :)

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Islamic Sharia Law in Minnesota?

This is an interesting article:

This appears in the online Wall Street Journal Editorial Page, though the author writes for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


There appears to be little desire on the part of portions of the Muslim community to integrate into the "American culture". As you know, when we emigrated to America I couldn't start school until I learned English. There weren't any special provisions for Swedish speaking teachers.

It's amazing that some Muslims want the larger society to accommodate their unique requirements. Most immigrant groups came to United States with the idea of integrating into the larger society. This is what is so unique and special about America.

The situation at Target is ludicrous since the Koran only forbids eating pork not scanning. Likewise, a cabdrivers refusal to accommodate passengers under any other circumstance would be considered a violation of a person's civil rights. Very similar to the refusal to serve somebody at a lunch counter because of their race or religious preference.

The bottom line is that accommodation is required by all parties to be respectful of others opinions and beliefs. People should deal with their own set of moral standards and not try to impose those on others. This is simply wrong.


6:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thia is a chillilng article. I have sent it on to Montana's people in DC. Hope they read it.

Continued prayers,

Kate Person

9:32 PM  
Blogger Matt said...

I had read before about the taxi cab lights at Gates of Vienna. If they think there will be a two-tier legal system in the US like that ruling today in Germany, they're dead wrong.

12:41 AM  
Anonymous Margit Anne said...

Oddly enough, to Dad's comment, I, all of a sudden, noticed a decrease in cashiers at our downtown Target store. The Muslims that previously worked there, no longer seem to be such a huge presence at that store.
Interesting, but I do think that the higher ups at a good company, such as Target, take quick action when such articles and negativity are associated with our company.
Some food for thought :)



5:30 AM  
Anonymous Rick J said...

It would seem the first thing a cab company or Target corp. would do before hiring someone is to outline the duties required with the position. I wonder how long I would be employed if I suddenly decided certain aspects of my job were no longer acceptable for me to perform. I am guessing I would soon be looking for new employment.

5:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow--what an article and what a mess!

A couple of thoughts come to mind:

--If Minnesota is an "At Will" state like Iowa, the employers should exert their legal authority and fire the whole bunch. Target, the taxi companies--everybody. The worse thing that can happen to them is unemployment. Big Deal!

--I heard David Letterman say once that when he got into a cab in New York City one night, there on the dash it said Felice Navidad. He thought, "cool, the driver was getting into the festive spirit" and then he realized that was the guys name!

--Our rights will only go away if we let them. The best way for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.


5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This article has gotten me thinking even more and really points out the hypocriscy of the entire argument of the workers at Target. Target is, after all, in the grocery business.

So, I am Muslim and decide I cannot scan pork or pork products. Let's see: Pork and Beans, Spaghettios, Bacon, Spam, Ham Hocks (in the unlikely event someone MIGHT buy those!!), A frozen Italian Sausage Pizza, Hormel Scalloped Potatoes and Ham, certain kinds of Jerky and meat snacks, pork rinds, a FOOTBALL. The list really never ends.

It seems to me to be totally, politically correct--this person would literally have to read the ingredients label of EVERY item prior to scanning them to make certain there was no pork products in the item. To do otherwise really contradicts their argument and makes them simply appear confrontational and lazy.

Thus, I would go back to my original comment--fire the whole bunch and find somebody else. I wouldn't even find another place for them to work in the store. I wouldn't want them to feel threatened by any other NORMAL course of action.

I work with Muslims in a grocery store and have NEVER heard them use such feeble exuses as these. I think these Target workers were just looking for an excuse for Big Brother to take care of them. Interestingly enough, the way Sadam's Big Brother would take care of them would be to walk them to the town square and shoot them!

And they think they have it rough in the United States?


9:58 PM  

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