emsparks, on Aug 5 2004, 04:04 PM, said:
While Cardie touched on it let me reiterate, to simplify based on what CNN said the woman in question used an office microwave to cook bacon. From what I know, in both the orthodox Jewish, and Muslim tradition, that makes the Microwave unusable by the religious employees, they canít even touch it, until a special cleansing rite is performed. Now I do not know what that rite would be under Islamic law, however in the Jewish rite the microwave has to be boiled with a stone for several hours, which would destroy the microwave. In short the lady not understanding Islamic law has in effect destroyed the office microwave, at the very least she has made it unusable by her religious co-workers. Now understand that if the pork touched a lunchroom table, that table is also now unclean and has to also be cleansed, before a Muslim can use it, because it is unclean and a Muslim can not touch something unclean. In short the employer has now to expend a great deal of money to make the lunchroom clean enough for his / her religious employees to use it. A major point not brought out in the news reports. By not bringing out these points, the news media is adversely impacting the Muslim and oddly enough the orthodox Jewish communities.
So the question has to be who is infringing on whose right of religious freedoms here.
You've got my attention now. Ritually unclean. The two ER nurses who refused to let me see the ER doctor in my VA hospital three years ago were never so much as reprimanded, because my VA hospital is associated with a Seventh Day Adventist med school. I nearly bled to death, because their religious sensibilities were outraged by my daring to seek help for excessive bleeding due to dysfunctional uterine bleeding. They actually shouted at me! I survived because I managed to persuade somebody to push the wheelchair I was lolling in as the blood was seeping out of me to the patient advocates office, and one of them heard me weeping and found a doctor to see me and call the gyn surgeon.
All because, to these nurses, I was ritually unclean and their religion came before their profession.
I wonder how many women have bled to death because they either couldn't get help or were too ashamed to seek help?
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