British Retailer Apologizes for Muslim Employees’ Behavior

British Retailer Apologizes for Muslim Employees’ Behavior

Marks&Spencer, a major retailer in the United Kingdom, has apologized to its customers who were refused service by some of the store’s Muslim employees on purchase of certain items.Marks & Spencer

Adam Shaw’s story on Fox News informs that thousands of people expressed disappointment and anger at Marks&Spencer’s policy of allowing Muslim customers to refuse serving customers who were buying pork or alcoholic beverages. The backlash led to the creation of a Facebook page where customers expressed their resentment over the store’s policy causing inconvenience to many of them.

The company apologized to customers on Monday, as Fox News reported, explaining that it was an “isolated incident”. There is no indication that Marks&Spencer is denying or revoking its controversial policy of allowing some employees the right to refuse serving people who shop against the beliefs of these privileged employees.

The incident is but indicative of the growing problem of religious bias affecting public life in Britain. One can only imagine what a society would be like if like the Muslims employees in question, Hindus refuse to serve beef buyers, Buddhists refuse to serve any meat eaters, and Christians refuse to serve anyone married to their first cousins.

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One thought on “British Retailer Apologizes for Muslim Employees’ Behavior

  1. I, don’t get this kind of situation, there is only one law in the UK, and that is the rule of the land. Suffice it to say, no religion can defy this ruling. Moreover, United Kingdom is first of the Christion faith. All else becomes secondary. The inhabitance of the UK would do well to read the history of the land.

    Biography Online wrote the following article.
    King Alfred (849-899AD).

    alfred-the-great”I desired to live worthily as long as I lived, and to leave after my life, to the men who should come after me, the memory of me in good works.”

    – King Alfred

    Alfred was King of Wessex from 871 and was the founder of the modern English Nation. Up until that time the island of Great Britain was divided between different warring kingdoms. However, during his entire reign Viking invaders from Denmark, frequently landed on British soil causing much damage, fear and loss of life. At one point it looked as if the Danes would completely conquer Britain, King Alfred was forced to retreat from the invaders to the impassable marshes of Somerset. However, King Alfred marshaled the troops and led a swift and decisive counter attack which defeated the Viking invaders. This not only relieved the perilous situation, but gave a new found confidence in Alfred and his commitment to a united Britain. In the future Alfred was keen to promote proper naval and land defences, which weakened the effectiveness of future Viking invasions.

    Unusually for a King of that time, Alfred was interested in education and he personally translated several Latin works into English. Many regarded him as the greatest Western European ruler since Charlemagne.

    Very often it has come to my mind what men of learning there were formerly throughout England, both in religious and secular orders; and how there were happy times then throughout England; and how the kings, who had authority over this people, obeyed God and his messengers; and how they not only maintained their peace, morality and authority at home but also extended their territory outside; and how they succeeded both in warfare and in wisdom; and also how eager were the religious orders both in teaching and in learning as well as in all the holy services which it was their duty to perform for God…”

    Preface Gregory the Great’s Pastoral Care

    As well as defeating the Danes, Alfred forged closer links with Mercia and Wales. This is why he is often regarded as the founder of the British nation. It was Alfred, more than anyone else who had a vision of a united Britain. He also sought to reform some customs like blood feuding, which he viewed as a very primitive form of justice.

    Citation : Pettinger, Tejvan. “Biography of King Alfred “, Oxford, http://www.biographyonline.net, 27/02/2012

    Ref: http://www.biographyonline.net/royalty/king-alfred.html

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