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August 7, 2008

Culture Wars

Celebrating Eid in Tennessee

by Clay Staggs

Ran across this headline on the web a few days ago:

Workers at a Tyson Foods poultry processing plant in Tennessee have opted to trade a paid Labor Day holiday for the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Fitr.

The full story is available here.

I have reread this thing several times, and I can’t get over two things. First, are there really that many Muslims in Shelbyville, Tennessee? And working at a poultry plant?

But, more importantly, what’s so mind boggling about this is that a LABOR UNION has voted to ditch LABOR DAY as a paid holiday!! That it’s ditched for some far-flung religious holiday is just icing on the cake.

Am I living in bizarro-world?

1. On or around Aug 7, 2008 at 9:45 a.m. pdrinkard said...

Yes, you are. Increasingly bizarro as the days role on. What about Paris H.'s reply to the McCain ad? Ha. Someone described American culture as increasingly scizophrenic. I think that's really apt.

2. On or around Aug 8, 2008 at 10:14 p.m. steven said...

Looks like they re-voted:

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