This is an interesting strategy and I wonder if it could work. Can you boycott a business in order to force them to do the wrong, more evil thing?
Previously, Tyson accomodated Christians’ most holy day (though I think it’s a misunderstanding of one’s own religion to think that Christmas is more important than Easter, but let’s acknowledge that it’s treated as such by society as a whole) and arranged the work schedule to accomodate Christians’ worshipping needs and that was okey-dokey.
Now that they’ve got a substantial number of Muslim employees, they are working to also incorporate their most holy day and arranging the work schedule to accomodate their worshipping needs.
This seems fair and right.
And yet, I’ve got to tell you, I’m sure most people in our State are against it. I don’t think the comments at the end of that newspaper article are some fluke (though they are a testament to how shitty our schooling is down here and a good argument as to why we probably shouldn’t be homeschooling our kids–though our public schools aren’t much better [you can see our conundrum]).
And it’s an interesting problem, when you think about it, just when you step back a little. We need to attract business to the state in order to have a working economy and jobs for everybody. And yet, businesses are not going to want to come to a state where the people in the state think they can dictate to the businesses when and how they must further the citizenry’s hate. And yet, we don’t seem at all willing to give up the goal of being able to not only personally act on our prejudices, but also have the institutions in our state also codify and further those bigotries.
Even though it surely means continued financial trouble, if not ruin, for us.
I don’t know what to make of that.
(Though, if you want funny, just think on the outrage of these fine Conservative Americans pissing and moaning because Tyson won’t be celebrating Labor Day–which was a commie holiday to begin with.)