A Muslim holiday instead of Labor Day--why is this bad?

I am referring to a situation at the Tyson Chicken processing plant in Tennessee, one that quite a few conservatives are riled up over. The new union contract makes Eid Al Fitr, not Labor Day, a paid holiday.

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AI...

Now, I love Labor Day and wouldn't want Eid Al Fitr substituted. Most of my company is not Muslim. Most of this processing plant's workers--700 out of 1,200--are Somali Muslims. I would think that this affects things.

Also, wasn't the point of Labor Day to celebrate ordinary low wage workers? So if the majority would really prefer another day off, doesn't it make sense to let them have it?

What do y'all think?

Update:

I see nothing wrong with it. Others are incensed. I figure if those people want only Christian and "American" holidays observed at this plant, maybe they could go process chickens standing on their feet for 8-12 hours a day for a low wage.

Oh, and it's in late September or early October. It celebrates the end of the month-long fast of Ramadan, similar to Easter at the end of Lent. Some people reallly need to learn about what it is they hate!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    It's not a national holiday. They are trying to make happy the majority of people who work in their plant. WTF is wrong with that. Somalian Muslims are very religious and muslims only have 2 holidays so recognizing one when you employ so many isn't a bad idea. It's probably cheap labor anyway and some companies don't mind taking employee moral into consideration.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm a little surprised, since Labor Day is a national holiday. I could see more sense in giving up Good Friday, although they may not have gotten that in the first place. At any rate, it's not national law or anything so what's the problem? The galloping paranoia I saw in the posts under that article is much more disturbing to me.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Traditionally the US does not celebrate religious holidays in the interest of balance. Christimas is the only exception, and lets face it few cultures do not celebrate it (it was, after all, a pagan holiday since pre Christian days).

    Maming an exception to this general rule is always going to be seen as offensive, whatever the cause.

  • 1 decade ago

    Labor Day is not a religious holiday, so that's probably the basis of it not being a paid holiday while Eid Al Fitr is (though I have no specific knowledge about this holiday, to be honest).

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Newyorktilson,

    Separation of church and state is between state, not private industry. Big difference. On the contrary, to answer the question, yes I would support it if there was a fair and balanced negotiation between both the workers and the industry. The United States should be a place where all religions are respected and none are favorite.

  • 1 decade ago

    So only Christian holidays deserved to be recognized? If it's that big of a deal to you, don't take the day off and go to work.

  • 1 decade ago

    Its not. My mother is trying to convince me that it is bad, but I keep telling her America is NOT just 1 religion. These days off are bargained for items by their unions.

  • 1 decade ago

    I am going to work FOR FREE on the Muslim day. Won't mean anything to me.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    i find it funny that muslims are communists-

    same with conservatives that are probably religious christians.

    I guess religious people make exceptions for the type of commie policies that benefits them. Ie: unions.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'm sort of pissed. Where is the separation from mosque and state? If we can't say merry Christmas so why is Eid Al Fitr a holiday that is politically correct in a Christian nation ( Bible Belt no less). Isn't that holiday in December?

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