Monday, September 7, 2015

I'm confused -- shouldn't social media outrage force this woman to quit her job?

After all, didn't people want to burn down the Indiana pizza parlor that didn't want to cater gay weddings? Sure as hell lots of folks thought they should be forced to cater a gay wedding. So why shouldn't this chick have to serve alcohol on flights where she is the flight attendant:
A Muslim flight attendant says she was suspended by ExpressJet for refusing to serve alcohol in accordance with her Islamic faith.
In a bid to get her job back, Charee Stanley filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday for the revocation of a reasonable religious accommodation.
Wait, I get it -- she's not a Southern Baptist who has religious objections to alcohol consumption, she's a (recently converted) Muslim who thinks she shouldn't even have to serve alcohol. Well, fuck this bitch. If she got a job in a bar, where sometimes she would be the only bartender on duty, would her religious beliefs require that her employer not require her to serve alcohol? Fuck no, because that is an essential part of her job. The same applies for a flight attendant. God knows, the only thing some people want from their flight attendant is alcohol -- fast and frequent for some fliers.

So why should this person not have to serve alcohol to passengers who want it? Apparently because she recently discovered she had a deeply held, fervent religious belief that she previously did not know existed:
Stanley, 40, started working for ExpressJet nearly three years ago. About two years ago she converted to Islam. This year she learned her faith prohibits her from not only consuming alcohol but serving it, too, Masri said.
So she wasn't a Muslim when she became a flight attendant, then she became a Muslim but for a year had no problem serving alcohol but not drinking it, but now she finds she has a deeply held religious belief that prohibits her from even serving alcohol? Well, fuck her. She works for a discount airline that I have to believe often has only one flight attendant on a flight. Does she have a religious right to not take these clearly undesirable assignments? Or even on flights with two or three attendants, does she have a religious right to refuse to do the same level of work as the other flight attendants?

I would have to say no. I don't think that county clerk in Kentucky should be in jail, but I don't see how a public employee can refuse to perform duties that are determined to be within the law of the land and expect to keep their job. In the Kentucky case, of course, there is an obvious accommodation -- let deputy clerks sign the marriage certificates. In that case, though, there are a number of deputy clerks available, and there aren't likely to be all that many same-sex couples applying for marriage licences. It's rural Kentucky, people. With this flight attendant, though, this person is in a situation where every flight someone will want to order alcohol. Every day she shows up to work, someone will want something she claims she cant' do because of a religious belief. Funny, but I've never heard of a Southern Baptist flight attendant making the same claim -- especially not one who only converted a few years ago. I think the religious accommodation for her needs to be finding another job.

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