Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Odinist, the Muslims, and a footprint

A British Odinist won a significant court battle against managers who tried to fire him in the name of "multiculturalism." (Scroll down to "Odinist Wins Landmark Trial in England" or try this link instead for the full document from the Odinist Fellowship.)

What are the facts of this case? Many of you will be surprised, as I was, to learn that, increasingly, employers with a large proportion of Muslim staff are being obliged to set aside rooms in the workplace for Muslim prayers, and to allow their employees to take time away from their duties to engage in these prayers. At the Mail Centre where Donald worked, there was just such a room, which was designated as a "Multicultural Room". That is important, because never, at any time, did the Royal Mail claim that the Room was solely for Muslim use, or that non-Muslims might not use it for their own purposes.


One noteworthy feature of this story is that the anti-pagan persecution was not being directed by Donald"s Muslim colleagues, with whom he had no real problem at all, but by a clique of managers, all of them white British, who are dogmatically committed to pursuing their own perverse programme of "multicultural diversity". These managers were absolutely and unswervingly convinced that a trivial action, like placing a plastic chair by a sink, could be viewed as nothing other than a premeditated insult to Islam.

Additional comment from the UK's National Secular Society. Interesting comment thread at another British blog.

Via Yvonne Aburrow's roundup of British Pagan news.

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Anonymous Bri Lance said...

Hmm... I didn't actually see anywhere in the Guardian article where the author directly addresses the case. It seems to be more of a general rant against Tony Blair, although the case is mentioned in one of the comments...

Am I missing something in the article?

3:56 PM  
Blogger Chas S. Clifton said...

Bri, I think you're right in that it was a commenter who specifically mentioned Donald Holden. Perhaps I read too much into Soumaya Ghannoushi's ranting about Tony Blair's alleged attack on multiculturalism. So I have removed the link to her column.

5:28 PM  

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