|Sun setting on Religious Idiocy?|
Sun reports that trashy computer supplier Total Peripherals Group (TPG) and
devout Lebanese-Australian Muslim Kamal El-Masri are locked
into a mini religious war over Kamal's right to pray in work hours.
As a devout Muslim, Kamal has to pray 5 times a day facing Mecca, and two
of those times fall in his work hours. He clearly feels that his employer is
beholden to the will of his God and has an obligation to make special
arrangements. ASU state secretary Sally McManus is insisting that his employer
make his work hours flexible and provide him with a praying room.
TPG have said that their working hours were not flexible, and other employees
were not permitted to take time off for 'smokos'.
Kamal claims to have a pregnant wife, to be the sole breadwinner for the
family, and says that he 'can't afford to lose his job'. However he is
apparently willing to lose it, and has even said that he 'would rather die'
than ignore Allah's will. But
presumably would take easier option of going on the dole, and living at the
Meanwhile other employers are having a
chuckle at TPG's idiocy in employing a devout Muslim at all, and most are
determined not to make the same mistake. Lebanese immigrants have the highest
immigrant unemployment rate in Australia, and more and more
people are spotting the connection.
Of course the unions are
not going to point this out. They are anxious to cause as much trouble as
This is likely to be the last job that Kamal El-Masri ever has. Does he
really think that any other infidels are going to employ
him after causing this much trouble to his employer? Regardless of how he ends
up leaving this job, he will probably be spending a long time on the dole with
so many of his ethnic brethren from the 'old country'.
And as for us infidels? Smoko's over - back to work I guess. Someone has to
pay the taxes. 18 million
infidels going out to work to support a small minority of Muslims? Maybe Allah
will have the last laugh after all.