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August 04, 2004

Pork eating not allowed

An Orlando Catholic woman was fired from her job at a Muslim business for eating a BLT;

Lina Morales was hired as an administrative assistant at Rising Star -- a Central Florida telecommunications company with strong Muslim ties, Local 6 News reported.

However, 10 months after being hired by Rising Star, religious differences led to her termination.

Morales, who is Catholic, was warned about eating pizza with meat the Muslim faith considered "unclean," Local 6 News reported. She was then fired for eating a bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich, according to the report.

"Are you telling me they fired you because you had something with ham on it?" Local 6 News reporter Mike Holfeld asked.

"Yes," Morales said.

Now, the libertarian in me has trouble with government forcing people to hire or rent to (i.e. associate) people they have trouble with. But I think this case does not fall under that principle.

To boot, this business is taking a Qur'ranic verse that forbids Muslims from eating pig and requiring all their employees to follow it. So they are basing a company policy on a flawed interpretation of their faith.

To me, this boils down to a creepy imposition of one persons religion onto another.

Anyone more knowledgable about Islam want to correct/comment on this.

Posted by scottm at 11:07 PM