Cargill Meat Plant Fires Muslim Workers After Prayer Dispute, Walkout

By Dave Fusaro, Editor in Chief

Jan 02, 2016

190 Muslim workers, most of them immigrants from Somalia, were fired from a Cargill Meat Solutions plant in Colorado just before Christmas following a dispute over prayer breaks.

A reflection area was set up in the Fort Morgan, Colo., plant in 2009 for use by any employee wishing to pray during work shifts, but use apparently is somewhat limited by the company’s need to maintain work flow.

On Dec. 18, 11 Muslim workers asked for a break to pray at the same time, but a supervisor told them they would have to go in smaller numbers; he reportedly suggested three people at a time. One week later, nearly 200 Muslim employees failed to show up for work for three consecutive days. The company fired them all.

In various published reports, Cargill officials said the decision to limit the employees to three at a time was based on staffing and workflow needs in that particular area. Muslim officials were quoted as saying the plant's policy regarding prayer on the job has been changing lately; one report, in The Inquisitr, said supervisors have been less understanding of the need to pray since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks.

Praying five times a day is a must for many Muslims and, according to one report, the timing of prayer changes with the season.

The Council on American Islamic Relations was negotiating with the company to get the workers rehired.

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  • Every one of those employees should have been fired. The scriptures state this: Matthew 6:6 (KJV) But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. Why would our Christian God, the God of Israel, instruct us to pray privately when we come to God to communicate with him. Because "I thy God am a Jealous God." He doesn't want you making a show for others, to have you use him to gain attention, to be seen, but rather our Christian God, the God of Israel, wants you to rely upon Him as your Father, and not by hoping to impress others. The Muslim God Allah is in no way the same God as the Christian God. When the Christian God states, "Thou shall have no other Gods the me.", our Christian God is actually admitting that there are "other Gods", lesser gods, or in this case pretenders to being God, The followers of the Muslim God are in fact instructed to pronounce "Allahu Akbar", meaning "God [their Allah] is the greater" or "God [our Islamic God] is greatest. Having studied the Koran and Hadith for 40 years as the well as the Bible, I can assure you that Muslim god Allah is indeed a liar, the father of all lies, and in fact Satan the devil who has convince a third of humanity now to follow him by his (Satin’s) deceptions just as a third of the Angels were foolishly deceived into to following Satin in their unsuccessful first rebellion against the Christian God, the creator of all universe. The reason why the false God Allah has his followers pray in public is because He wants to show off, and intimidate others by their killing false righteousness, Whereas the Christian God of Israel, comes to believers humbly, " I stand at the door and knock", the violent and intimidating false God Allah "uses" - because Satan is a user - his followers to force His phony religion down your throats whether you like it or not. The Christian scriptures tell us exactly what is going on. (Ephesians 6:12) "We war not against flesh and blood, but against principalities [Satan is a Prince], against powers [Satan is that power], against the rulers of the darkness of this world [which you know is the Devil]. The question becomes, should employers be forced to help promote this warfare on company time? Never! This is not freedom of religion, but rather "stealing". Our God states, "Thou shall not steal." God’s opponent Allah states, "Steal, intimidate, force Me upon everyone you come upon. If any resist, take out your sword and behead them." Do not kid yourself, this is warfare right in front of your eyes, and you are seeing it in America, not in the Middle East. Sincerly, Pastor Burt


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