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Muslim M&S worker refused to sell 'unclean' Bible book to grandmother, customer claims
The Daily Mail ^ | 1-15-08 | The Daily Mail

Posted on 01/15/2008 8:36:14 PM PST by SeafoodGumbo

Muslim M&S worker refused to sell 'unclean' Bible book to grandmother, customer claims

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This children's book was branded 'unclean' by a store assistant

A Muslim store worker at Marks & Spencer refused to serve a customer buying a children's book on biblical stories because she said it was "unclean".

Sally Friday, a customer at a branch of one of the famous stores, felt publicly humiliated when she tried to pay for First Bible Stories as a gift for her young grandson.

When the grandmother put the book on the counter, the assistant refused to touch it, declared it was unclean and then summoned another member of staff to deal with the purchase.

Mrs Friday was so upset that she has now complained to the store's manager.

Politicians and religious leaders supported her in condemning the high street chain and it has reignited 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 conduct an investigation.

He 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."

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The incident has reignited debate over religious beliefs in the workplace

A spokesman for Marks & Spencer today said that an investigation into the alleged incident was under way.

She added: "We are surprised by this alleged incident and are investigating it thoroughly.

"It appears that there has been some misunderstanding over what was said.

"We have apologised to Mrs Friday over any distress caused."

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

She said: "I think there was some confusion over what the customer heard."

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

She said: "I went to the till and heard the girl say it was unclean and then she got someone else to serve me.

"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, who lives in Old Basing, Hants, went on: 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 head-dress serve me again.

"It will be a long, long time before I shop again at M&S."


TOPICS: United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: diversity; islam; muslims; sharia; theuglyfaceofislam; trustnomuslimever; uk

1 posted on 01/15/2008 8:36:15 PM PST by SeafoodGumbo
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To: SeafoodGumbo

“A Muslim store worker at Marks & Spencer refused to serve a customer buying a children’s book on biblical stories because she said it was “unclean”.”

If that manager/owner has any sense, he/she should fire the unclean employee.


2 posted on 01/15/2008 8:38:48 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

I think Mark Steyn once observed that people calling for Islam to reform itself don’t realize that this IS the reformation. Reform makes it more radical, not less.


3 posted on 01/15/2008 8:40:07 PM PST by jwalburg (Knowledge is power. Power corrupts. What does that say about schools?)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Realizing that this is England, of course, but similar things are happening in this country. We very badly need to stop bending over backwards to please these people. Special foot baths for them. Commodes re-oriented so as not to face Mecca. Discontinuing the serving of Jell-O in school lunchrooms because the gelatin contained therein might have been made from the hooves of swine. Let’s get real here, people!


4 posted on 01/15/2008 8:41:24 PM PST by davisfh
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To: SeafoodGumbo

See also.....http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1953759/posts


5 posted on 01/15/2008 8:42:37 PM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Tracking The "Flyin' Imams" since 11/20/06)
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To: nmh

M&S is huge chain, like Macy’s or Penney’s, which in my opinion makes this even worse.


6 posted on 01/15/2008 8:43:10 PM PST by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

I’d proceed to drop a nice, steamy deuce in the store and explain to the Mooslimb how it is unclean.


7 posted on 01/15/2008 8:44:09 PM PST by xrp (RON PAUL! To HELL with neo-cons!)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

That’s nothing. Last year there was a muslim “bobby” who refused to guard the Israeli embassy so he got “redeployed”.

Muslims are intolerant of the kufir in their midst. They are in the West for missionary work, not to engage in “cultural exchange” or to learn tolerance for diverse peoples.


8 posted on 01/15/2008 8:50:40 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Very easy to solve—quit selling the unclean books. We must make the Muslims, um, happy is not quite the word I’m looking for.


9 posted on 01/15/2008 8:56:34 PM PST by beaversmom
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To: jwalburg

That islam is even capable of reformation is just more of that idiot moral equivalence crap.

Islam is practiced by those we call radicals as proper islam is written to be practiced.

It is political/social/legal ideology wrapped up in the guise of a religion as a tool of empire. Always has been. Always will be.

It was born by the sword. Grew by the sword and demands all the earth be put under its sword.

The law of islam. Submit or die.


10 posted on 01/15/2008 8:57:00 PM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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To: SeafoodGumbo
Many Biblical stories complement the teachings of the Koran.

Spare me. The single most important Bible story puts the lie to the Koran. The Koran was either a fraud or it was someone other than Gabriel talking to Mohammed in the cave.

11 posted on 01/15/2008 8:58:13 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Marks and Sparks and Muslims, oh my!


12 posted on 01/15/2008 8:59:41 PM PST by Constitution Day (Get over yourselves!)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Let’s play “Who’s the bigger idiot?”

1.) The idiot employee who claimed that a book of Bible stories was “unclean.”

2.) The idiotic nation that allowed such an idiot, and millions of her fellow idiots, to settle there.

I’ll take choice #2, Alex.


13 posted on 01/15/2008 9:00:18 PM PST by Antoninus ("Make all the promises you have to." --Mitt Romney)
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To: jwalburg
I think Mark Steyn once observed that people calling for Islam to reform itself don’t realize that this IS the reformation. Reform makes it more radical, not less.

Interesting point. Reform in the Christian church took us back in the direction of scripture. Reform in the Muslim church also took it back to its scripture. But because of their respective sources of their scripture, one religion became better. One became evil.

14 posted on 01/15/2008 9:01:05 PM PST by ModelBreaker
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To: nmh

But of course many FReepers want to prohibit pharmacies from firing pharmacists who refuse to sell certain products due to their religious beliefs. See a little hypocrisy here?


15 posted on 01/15/2008 9:04:18 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: beaversmom

You jest, give it time and your jest will not be such.


16 posted on 01/15/2008 9:04:20 PM PST by doc1019 (Rabbit and the Hare Fred 08)
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To: nmh
A bit of a puzzle here on this young lady's action. I am reminded of older and wiser heads in a now lost England. One will not hear this adage today, I venture. That being

Speak as you find

I have read certain of the Koran. Yes, I am full of outrage at what is happening in England. The one thing that should be stated is that the young woman may have had a tiff with her beloved. My liberal spouse forbids me to use an old English explanation for a recalcitrant female. That being..... oh, perish the thought.

Tentatively and aware of heavy flack, this runs counter to the actual references to Jesus in the Koran. Again, using a now dead and defunct method of reprimand, the young woman should be given "a jolly good talking to". Next time shown the door. She is applying her own silly addle headed judgement.

17 posted on 01/15/2008 9:04:30 PM PST by Peter Libra
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To: 3AngelaD

Oh brother ....


18 posted on 01/15/2008 9:08:08 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God) .)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

One is just words.

The other results in the death of a child.

I think there’s a bit of difference, don’t you?


19 posted on 01/15/2008 9:10:10 PM PST by DB
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To: GovernmentShrinker

No book ever killed anyone.


20 posted on 01/15/2008 9:11:14 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

The selling of drugs and the selling of eternity seem to be exclusive topics?


21 posted on 01/15/2008 9:11:20 PM PST by doc1019 (Rabbit and the Hare Fred 08)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Give him his last paycheck and show him the door. That’s how it’s done.


22 posted on 01/15/2008 9:13:56 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: SeafoodGumbo
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Rub bacon on money and don't say a thing. Then after the check out say, "you've been porked"

23 posted on 01/15/2008 9:15:09 PM PST by dragonblustar (Once abolish the God, and the government becomes the God - G. K. Chesterton)
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To: beaversmom
Very easy to solve—quit selling the unclean books. We must make the Muslims, um, happy is not quite the word I’m looking for.

We must make the Mulsims our masters?

24 posted on 01/15/2008 9:15:25 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Maybe it’s about time to begin pointing out that “human rights” are being trampled when idiots refuse to serve their customers.


25 posted on 01/15/2008 9:16:20 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (Man, that's stupid...even by congressional standards.)
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To: weegee
Last year there was a muslim “bobby” who refused to guard the Israeli embassy so he got “redeployed”.

Fire his ass, and then tell him that when his home is broken into, the rest of the force will likewise be "redeployed". Time to kick ass on these vermin.

26 posted on 01/15/2008 9:17:42 PM PST by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Elections have consequences.)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Wearing a Muslim headdress is not a race-connected act. A religion is not a race. Refuse to be served by whomever you wish, but in this instance you need not raise the “I am not a racist” defense.


27 posted on 01/15/2008 9:21:09 PM PST by Elsiejay
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To: Antoninus

How about the idiot woman who felt “humiliated”? WHY would she feel humiliated? There’s NO muslim that would EVER make me feel humiliated. EVER! I wouldn’t let them.


28 posted on 01/15/2008 9:26:10 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: GovernmentShrinker

I have a Qur’an, and have read a bit of it. I haven’t, yet, got to the part where the Bible is declared “unclean” or even is it disallowed to touch or read it.

Killing babies, on the other hand...


29 posted on 01/15/2008 9:35:57 PM PST by papasmurf (I'm voting for FRed, even if I have to write him in.)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Can someone say, “melodramatic”? Good grief.


30 posted on 01/15/2008 9:40:35 PM PST by pay dirt
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To: weegee

Actually, books and ideas kill innocents all the time, though they use humans as their agents. Sometimes the books and ideas are direct in their aims, and sometimes subtle and innocent looking. Evil people very seldom have libraries filled with Nancy Drew mysteries and CD shelves stocked with The Carpenters, Big Band and Ozark dulcimer recordings.


31 posted on 01/15/2008 9:41:58 PM PST by ashtanga
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Touche’!

;-)


32 posted on 01/15/2008 9:44:00 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: ashtanga

Please, elucidate!


33 posted on 01/15/2008 9:46:44 PM PST by doc1019 (Rabbit and the Hare Fred 08)
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To: weegee

How many tens of millions died because of three books?

1.) “Das Kapital”
2.) “The Communist Manifesto”
3.) “Mein Kampf”


34 posted on 01/15/2008 9:48:06 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: ashtanga
Well, Hitler adored Strauss' "Die Fledermaus" and Stalin had a penchant for Zane Grey western novels........
35 posted on 01/15/2008 9:52:08 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: Emperor Palpatine

Zero. They were killed by people, not books. I doubt anyone has even died being hit on the head with one of those books.


36 posted on 01/15/2008 9:53:46 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: ashtanga

the Unabomber was killing people long before he read Al Gore Junior’s book on Global Warming but he had a copy of it.

Dr. Frederic Wertham tried to make the connection between gang members who read comics and the people they knifed. But then back in those days, most kids read comics. So saying that comics (from funny animal to crime stories) were in their bedrooms was a “unifying” statistic. Much like people who ate carrots in the 19th century died.


37 posted on 01/15/2008 9:56:54 PM PST by weegee (Those who surrender personal liberty to lower global temperatures will receive neither.)
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To: weegee
Maybe not directly, but the ideas contained in those books are responsible for the slaughter of hundreds of millions. Consider those volumes to be the proximate cause.
38 posted on 01/15/2008 10:08:27 PM PST by Emperor Palpatine ("There is no civility, only politics.")
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To: SeafoodGumbo
I don't see how a going business could retain a religious fundamentalist moron like this Muslim sheethead.

This also shows how much Islam is really a supremacist pagan hate cult since this rejects all claims of Islam to be based on the Judeo-Christian tradition.

39 posted on 01/15/2008 10:13:46 PM PST by Post Toasties (It's not a smear if it's true.)
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To: SeafoodGumbo

I’m a bit feisty, but I would have had fun with the situation. I would have wiped the book down with hand sanatizer (which I carry in my diaper bag) smiled real big and said “It’s clean now!” and handed it right back to her. And then I would have played real dumb “But why it is not clean, I just don’t understand”


41 posted on 01/15/2008 11:44:48 PM PST by mockingbyrd (peace begins in the womb)
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To: nmh

I think the shop assistant could be brought up on charges for a ‘hate crime’. It just gets nuttier and nuttier.


42 posted on 01/16/2008 3:05:42 AM PST by Dudoight
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Weird story. Anyway, I think everyone should go take up the book to the register all day long until the Muslim woman can’t take it any longer and quits from a big stressful situation. lol.


43 posted on 01/16/2008 3:15:15 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: Grimmy

It was born by the sword. Grew by the sword and demands all the earth be put under its sword.

The law of islam. Submit or die.
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Islam itself must die by the sword .... it’s not a religion ,, it is one crazy persons way to control others and assist in his world conquest... well HE’s DEAD JIM ,, and time for his scheme to die.


44 posted on 01/16/2008 3:37:29 AM PST by Neidermeyer
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To: SeafoodGumbo

I feel bad for Mrs. Friday, but I wouldn’t have left the store. I would have stood my ground and glared at the salesgirl. She was the one who should have been embarrassed, not me!


45 posted on 01/16/2008 3:41:47 AM PST by Mila
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To: Antoninus

That’s idiotic NATIONS Mr America. You’ve let in far more than we have...and for less reason.


46 posted on 01/16/2008 3:45:18 AM PST by Vanders9
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To: SeafoodGumbo

Before this is all over the book store will wind up apologizing to the muslim for not being tolerant of his beliefs..


47 posted on 01/16/2008 6:25:16 AM PST by Kid Shelleen (Aztlan My Azz: La Raza is Spanish for Tan Klan)
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To: Neidermeyer

“Islam itself must die by the sword .... it’s not a religion ,, it is one crazy persons way to control others and assist in his world conquest... well HE’s DEAD JIM ,, and time for his scheme to die.”

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Yep. The ideology is as incompatible with our survival as was Japanese imperialism, Italian fascism and German national socialism.

Success will depend upon our ability to recognize it as such and obliterate it as an acceptable ideology as was done with the others.

If we try to half ass it and muddle through with the efeetist intelekshulismist attempts to allow it to morph itself into something that can find protection beneath our own protections and thereby flourish and spread like the lethal virus of neo-communism, then we have no business surviving as a culture.

We will have earned our destruction.


48 posted on 01/16/2008 8:10:11 AM PST by Grimmy (equivocation is but the first step along the road to capitulation)
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