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Outcry As Muslim M&S Worker Refuses To Sell ‘Unclean’ Bible Book
Daily Express UK ^ | Jan. 14, 2008 | Martyn Brown

Posted on 01/14/2008 5:35:33 PM PST by Alouette

A MUSLIM store worker refused to serve a customer buying a children’s book on Christianity because she said it was “unclean”.

Shopper Sally Friday felt publicly humiliated at a branch of Marks & Spencer when she tried to pay for First Bible Stories as a gift for her young grandson.

When she put the book on the check-out counter, the young assistant refused to touch it, declared it was unclean and summoned another member of staff to serve instead.

Mrs Friday said she was so upset that she has now complained to the store’s management.

Last night politicians and religious leaders supported her in condemning the high street giant and reigniting the debate over religious beliefs in the workplace.

Conservative MP Philip Davies said the refusal to serve Mrs Friday, 69, was “unacceptable” and “damaging” to community relations.

Inayat Bunglawala, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, described the assistant’s comments as “offensive” and called for Marks & Spencer to carry out a thorough investigation.

Mrs Friday said her trip to the sales in Reading, Berks, with her daughter had been ruined.

“I went to the till and heard the girl say it was unclean and then she got someone else to serve me,” said Mrs Friday.

“At first I wasn’t sure what was going on and then I realised she was wearing a headdress and I clicked that the title of the book had Bible in it. I felt very humiliated and immediately left the store.”

Mrs Friday, from Old Basing, Hants, added: “I have given it careful thought and still feel humiliated that, because I am purchasing a children’s Bible story book, a cashier is able to object and refuse to put it through the till.

“Had this been a copy of the Koran I am confident any Christian person would be happy to do her job, and for this to happen in a Marks & Spencer of all places beggars belief.

“I am not racist but I have vowed never to let a person wearing a headdress serve me again. It will be a long, long time before I shop again at M&S.” Mr Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, west Yorkshire, said: “I find it unbelievable. We are a Christian country. I’m afraid it is no good for people to work in Marks & Spencer and not serve their products.

“For M&S to put one of their customers in that position is totally unacceptable. If a Christian lady had refused to serve a Muslim on religious grounds there would have been hell to pay.

“In fact, I am sure someone would be sacked if it had been the other way round. But that won’t happen this time, will it? These kind of things do not do anything for community cohesion. In fact, they damage it.”

Mr Bunglawala said: “This appears to be a very regrettable incident and the ‘unclean’ remark was clearly very offensive and unacceptable.

Many Biblical stories complement the teachings of the Koran. We hope that M&S will investigate this incident.” A spokesman for Marks & Spencer said an investigation was underway. “We would like to apologise to Mrs Friday for any offence this incident has caused,” he said.

“Reading is a very multicultural store and we are surprised and disappointed by this reported incident.

“It does not reflect Marks & Spencer policy and simply should not have happened.

“We will remind all staff at the Reading site of our policy and will contact Mrs Friday to apologise for her distress.”

A source close to the shop assistant claimed there had been a misunderstanding.

“I think there was some confusion over what the customer heard,” she said.

But Mrs Friday’s treatment is just the latest example of Muslim staff refusing to serve customers on religious grounds.

In October 2006, Lloyds chemist was forced to apologise to mother Jo-Ann Thomas after a Muslim pharmacist refused her a morning-after contraceptive pill on religious grounds in Rotherham.

A smoker was refused cigarettes at a Cambridge store in January last year because the Muslim shop assistant said it was against her religion to sell tobacco.

Islamic checkout staff at Sainsbury’s who refuse to sell alcohol are allowed to opt out of handling bottles and cans of drink by calling other staff to take their place.

Other staff have refused to work stacking shelves with wine, beer and spirits and have been found alternative roles in the company.

Sainsbury’s said it was keen to accommodate the religious beliefs of all its staff.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: bible; culturalsuicide; enemywithin; infiltration; islam; marksandspencer; muslim; nationalsuicide; ukmuslims; workplace
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1 posted on 01/14/2008 5:35:34 PM PST by Alouette
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2 posted on 01/14/2008 5:36:09 PM PST by Alouette (Vicious Babushka)
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To: Alouette

Yeah, it’s kinda like the muzzie women here in the Twin Cities that took jobs at Target grocery stores and then refused to scan the pork products at the register.

Don’t work at a bookstore if you don’t like the books...


3 posted on 01/14/2008 5:38:53 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: Alouette

Looks like time to bookmark a Koran with a slice of bacon.


4 posted on 01/14/2008 5:40:10 PM PST by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

She can expect support from the ACLU, they won’t let her down.


6 posted on 01/14/2008 5:41:06 PM PST by rovenstinez
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To: DuncanWaring

I have a copy that I have left by the toilet, just in case I run out of TP. Which is often.


8 posted on 01/14/2008 5:42:03 PM PST by dadgum
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To: Alouette
Many Biblical stories complement the teachings of the Koran.

Good grief. More idiocy.
9 posted on 01/14/2008 5:42:34 PM PST by F15Eagle (1Tim 1:4; Gal 1:6-10; 1Cor 2:2; Matthew 22:30; Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-35; 2Thess 2:11; Jude 1:3)
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To: rovenstinez

Won’t be ACLU, but I’m sure that the UK has their own version.


10 posted on 01/14/2008 5:42:36 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: Alouette

Creeping assimilation. Give them an inch and they will take the whole nine yards.

That’s the way the whole PC canon has been slowly, but inexoribly, shoved down our throats.


11 posted on 01/14/2008 5:43:40 PM PST by Ronin (Bushed out!!! Another tragic victim of BDS.)
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To: Morgana

They got reassigned. None of them lost their jobs for refusing to do their jobs.


12 posted on 01/14/2008 5:43:59 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: Alouette

This is the perfect example of how Islam and the West can’t coincide.

This clerk wasn’t an Islamofascist or a terrorist, she was a regular everyday believer of Islam, which shows that Islam belongs in the history books or somewhere far in the desert away from regular people.


13 posted on 01/14/2008 5:44:14 PM PST by Fox_Mulder77
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To: Alouette; AliVeritas
Islam's Da Vinci Code.
15 posted on 01/14/2008 5:46:49 PM PST by sono (I'm an optimistic realist. I look at the glass half full and ask: "Are you're gonna drink that?")
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To: Alouette

I used to have an unread copy of the Koran in my house, but I think that a mouse pooped on it down in my basement.


16 posted on 01/14/2008 5:48:07 PM PST by Radix (If your outgo exceeds your income, your upkeep will be your downfall.)
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To: Morgana

Hopefully you bought one used so that you did not have to pay full price.


17 posted on 01/14/2008 5:48:18 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: DuncanWaring

LOL that’s a good one!


18 posted on 01/14/2008 5:48:39 PM PST by visualops (artlife.us)
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To: DuncanWaring
Looks like time to bookmark a Koran with a slice of bacon.

Get some bacon and turn it into jerky -> porkmarks.
19 posted on 01/14/2008 5:50:28 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Alouette

“At first I wasn’t sure what was going on and then I realised she was wearing a headdress and I clicked that the title of the book had Bible in it. I felt very humiliated and immediately left the store.”

Well. She and any other Christian should stay, and speak in a clear, carrying voice that you now demand to be severed by a Christian because that muslim woman was clearly unclean enough to ring you up. Stand your ground. If we keep running and hiding, nothing will change.


20 posted on 01/14/2008 5:50:30 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: Alouette

Good grief.


22 posted on 01/14/2008 5:53:00 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: Alouette
"Inayat Bunglawala, assistant secretary-general of the Muslim Council of Britain, described the assistant’s comments as “offensive” and called for Marks & Spencer to carry out a thorough investigation."

Guessing this sentence will be overlooked....

This case is similar to the one in Malaysia recently where Christians' use of Allah for God was set to be banned because some Muslims there believed Christians and Muslims don't have the same god (which, incidentally, they don't, but Muslims aren't supposed to believe that). Muslims are supposed to view Christianity sort of how Christians view Judaism: a valid religion where the adherents worship God, but before some new revelation. Apparently, some Muslims have jumped on the extremist bandwagon without having an in-depth knowledge of their own religion (guess they're somewhat comparable to some racist groups in the United States, passing themselves off as devout Christians yet obviously having immense gaps in their Biblical knowledge).

Enough blathering. Basically, these Muslims seem to take out of their religion what they want, and in this instance they're taking the loads of bad stuff in Islam.

23 posted on 01/14/2008 5:54:30 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: rovenstinez
Brittan doesn't have ACLUe. they have BCLU?
24 posted on 01/14/2008 5:54:51 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (To Err Is Human. To Arr is Pirate. To Unnngh! is Freeper.)
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To: Alouette

Marks & Spencer is unclean. Boycott. ‘Nuff said.


25 posted on 01/14/2008 5:55:01 PM PST by ex-Texan (Matthew 7: 1 - 6)
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To: Alouette

Any bets on what the employer (and the government) would have done had a non-Muslim acted in the same manner to a Muslin buying a Koran?

The employee would have been sacked AND prosecuted by the government. Bet on it.


26 posted on 01/14/2008 5:55:04 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: Morgana
So when is England going to grow some and throw these dirt bags out of the country?

England doesn't have them anymore. We're not all that far behind -- I think. (Please, Lord, let me be wrong...)

27 posted on 01/14/2008 5:55:17 PM PST by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Fox_Mulder77

“This is the perfect example of how Islam and the West can’t coincide.

This clerk wasn’t an Islamofascist or a terrorist, she was a regular everyday believer of Islam, which shows that Islam belongs in the history books or somewhere far in the desert away from regular people.”


This simple example explains why the “moderate” mooselimbs dont condemn the extremists.


28 posted on 01/14/2008 5:56:53 PM PST by Canedawg (In God We Trust)
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To: DuncanWaring
Looks like time to bookmark a Koran with a slice of bacon.

That there's the making of a nice novelty item, a cardboard bookmark printed and cut like a slice of bacon.

29 posted on 01/14/2008 5:57:04 PM PST by Dumpster Baby ("Hope somebody finds me before the rats do .....")
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Bac’o’marks


31 posted on 01/14/2008 5:59:00 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: sionnsar

Sainsbury’s said it was keen to accommodate the religious beliefs of all its staff.

They need to be a bit more concerned about the beliefs of their customers!!!


32 posted on 01/14/2008 6:00:21 PM PST by DeLaine
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
"Don’t work at a bookstore if you don’t like the books..."

Actually, militant Islamists should stay the hell out of countries founded by NON-Muslims and populated by a Super Majority of NON-Muslims... It appears that Islam and the civilized/industrialize world are incompatible.....

33 posted on 01/14/2008 6:01:59 PM PST by river rat (Semper Fi - You may turn the other cheek, but I prefer to look into my enemy's vacant dead eyes.)
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To: Alouette

Talk about a bunch of weiny supervisors. Just why in God’s name are these people allowed to work in stores where alcohol and Christian Books are sold????????????? These “precious” muslims can find work cleaning the streets, for Heavens Sake. To heck with them. Go back to the country where these idiocincocies are enforced. We don’t have to put up with them. We were here first and they are the late comers hoping for a “good life”, because where they came from is a Terrible Life. Look what they do to girls during puberty and when one gets raped, they mutilate them to death. They give me a pain in the arse.


35 posted on 01/14/2008 6:03:45 PM PST by tillacum
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To: TruthConquers
Stand your ground, but the Christian view is that all human creatures are 'unclean' (depraved/unworthy/etc.). The woman should have demanded to speak with the manager and try to get the assistant fired, not act the way the Muslims do.

Your comment is sort of akin to proposing a Christian behead some random Muslim for every random Christian beheaded by a Muslim. Christians should not stoop to the Muslims' level.

36 posted on 01/14/2008 6:04:41 PM PST by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: Alouette
If this kind of thing continues to happen, England is sunk. Truly.

Come to think of it, I think it's already too late.

:-(

37 posted on 01/14/2008 6:06:19 PM PST by redstates4ever
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To: Alouette

Wow!

I am shocked that someone in the UK was buying something Bible related!


39 posted on 01/14/2008 6:10:00 PM PST by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Alouette

40 posted on 01/14/2008 6:10:44 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (L'Chaim!)
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Fire this employee end of the story NEXT


42 posted on 01/14/2008 6:12:32 PM PST by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: Jedi Master Pikachu

Oh, I certainly would not advocate beheading muslims. No.

But I do wonder if we are too complacent and meek. And I would only suggest “acting the way muslims do” WHEN they do it to one’s face with no consequence.

Is it Christan to be humiliated and flee? No way.

But from a Christian perspective, a muslim, as we all are, is unclean. Would it be wrong to point that out after the other woman, the muslim, makes the point that she cares about being unclean? It is something the Christian community needs to answer. We are to be salt and light and running away is not doing that. The same problem is in our own society with the “political correctness” shoved down our collective throats. Has Christianity responded effectively? I do not think so. Do you?


43 posted on 01/14/2008 6:16:57 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publici scholae)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo
Yeah, it’s kinda like the muzzie women here in the Twin Cities that took jobs at Target grocery stores and then refused to scan the pork products at the register.

People doing this should be given a 30 second warning to change their ways. If they don't, then fire them on the spot.

44 posted on 01/14/2008 6:18:19 PM PST by Tax Government (Government-funded education, for the most part, is content to make morons of us all.)
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To: SevenofNine

Can’t they stone her. too? Make her feel right at home, you know.

It’s so obvious how backward they are. For example, they commit adultery and then get stoned when everybody knows you get stoned FIRST - and then commit adultery.


45 posted on 01/14/2008 6:19:37 PM PST by Emmett McCarthy
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To: Alouette

Brought to you by the ACLU.


46 posted on 01/14/2008 6:20:10 PM PST by enduserindy (Living in Indy just got better! Ah Colts! Hi Mom! Vote for America! (I had to do it!))
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To: dadgum

Heck I don’t need to run out.


47 posted on 01/14/2008 6:20:56 PM PST by enduserindy (Living in Indy just got better! Ah Colts! Hi Mom! Vote for America! (I had to do it!))
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To: Morgana

If the muzzies attack a catholic church in IRE......the war will be over, in short fashion.

;-)


48 posted on 01/14/2008 6:21:56 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: Alouette

Fire the RagHead in a burkka, or paint all muslem books with lard before putting them on the shelf.


49 posted on 01/14/2008 6:22:21 PM PST by GGpaX4DumpedTea
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To: Alouette

Its high time we returned to burning such heretics at the stake.


50 posted on 01/14/2008 6:22:28 PM PST by festus (Fred Thompson '08)
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