Today the Shelbyville Times-Gazette published a follow-up story to its unexpectedly incendiary article of last Friday about Tyson’s Food doing away with the Labor Day holiday and exchanging it for a Muslim religious day that would benefit a minority of its workers.
The action has truly caused a firestorm of criticism aimed at Tyson’s, but it sure looks like the Union shares much of the blame. Union President Applebaum, said critics are motivated by bigotry. Here we go again! This is the tactic being used worldwide when anyone dares question why we are bending over backwards and giving in to demands by Muslims for us to change to accomodate their religious beliefs. Next thing you know he will say we are all “Islamophobes” (the slur causing Europeans to cower in fear).
Tyson Foods says that Labor Day is still a holiday, but not for the union employees at the Shelbyville poultry processing facility, who will be taking off the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr instead.
Meanwhile, the union that negotiated the controversial contract at the Shelbyville plant has removed the original press release announcing the holiday change from its web site, and the union president has described the backlash to the decision as “bigotry.”
The union refused to answer a series of questions posed by the T-G, but instead released a statement from Stuart Appelbaum, the national president of the RWDSU [ Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union ].
I have to say again, this all sounds fishy, how did a minority of workers convince hundreds of others that a Muslim religious day was more important than Labor Day, not to mention the Muslim prayer room. Did someone put the squeeze on someone?
And again, in case you didn’t hear you were bigots the first time:
“There’s no question that there is a lot of bigotry against Muslims and that this agreement has clearly touched a raw nerve among those who are prejudiced against them,” Appelbaum said in the prepared statement. “However, the RWDSU has always understood that unions are only strong when they work to protect the dignity of workers of all faiths.
It is really important that we stand firm and don’t acquiesce. Applebaum threatens that more unions will follow their lead (if they succeed in shutting people up). This is part of the quiet Jihad, the demographic conquest that Vijay Kumar told us about last week:
The Islamists are clever. They begin by first exporting their surplus population to free and open societies. Then those immigrants begin to demand ideological tolerance and conformity to their views….
Hang in there, what’s a few names hurled at you. When they call you a racist, bigot, xenophobe, nativist, hate monger and more, wear the label proudly. Those words are the only power they have over you—now.