Quiznos is better anyway.
CAIR Action Alert #683:
Action: Ask SUBWAY to Apologize to La. Muslim Barred from Restaurant
Restaurant employee asks customer ‘Are you Muslim?’ then locked the door
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 11/29/12) — CAIR is calling on all people of conscience to contact the SUBWAY restaurant chain to request that a formal apology be given to a Louisiana Muslim allegedly locked out of a sandwich shop in that state because of his faith. [SUBWAY, based in Milford, Conn., has more than 38,000 locations in 100 countries.]
A retired 63-year-old U.S. citizen of South Asian heritage who lives in New Orleans reported to CAIR that on November 21, 2012, he and his wife stopped at the SUBWAY restaurant in Shreveport, La. Before ordering, they went to the restrooms in the facility. The husband exited the restroom first and went outside the restaurant to wait for his wife in anticipation of re-entering to order their food.
While his wife was still inside the restaurant, the victim attempted to re-enter, but was blocked at the door by a female SUBWAY employee who allegedly asked him “Are you Muslim?” When the victim replied that he is indeed Muslim, the SUBWAY employee reportedly responded, “We can’t serve you.” The employee then went inside the restaurant and locked the door behind her. Fearing for his wife’s safety and distraught at the violation of his civil rights, the man called 911.
When the Shreveport Police Department arrived, an officer went inside the SUBWAY restaurant and later came out to tell the victim that the manager was “scared” of him and that he “better leave.”[NOTE: The victim is 5’6″ and weighs approximately 155 pounds. He wears an Islamic cap, called a “kufi,” and a beard for religious reasons. His wife, a teacher, wears an Islamic headscarf, or “hijab.”]
In a letter to SUBWAY President and CEO Fred DeLuca, CAIR National Legal Counsel Nadhira Al-Khalili wrote in part:
“Louisiana Revised Statutes 51:2247 states that it is a ‘discriminatory practice for a person to deny an individual the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of a place of public accommodation, resort, or amusement, as defined in this Chapter, on the grounds of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, disability, as defined in R.S. 51:2232(11), or national origin.’ According to the law, a place of public accommodation ‘means any place, store, or other establishment, either licensed or unlicensed, which supplies goods or services to the general public.'”
Al-Khalili’s letter cited Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on account of religion in places of public accommodation and service. She also referred to the company’s diversity policy that claims SUBWAY “does not tolerate discrimination of any kind on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, creed, religion, color or national origin.”
CAIR requested that SUBWAY (1) investigate this troubling incident, (2) offer a formal written apology to the victim and his wife, (3) institute policy changes that will ensure that this type of incident does not occur in the future, (4) offer compensation to the victim and his wife for the humiliation and emotional distress caused by the SUBWAY employee and the police, and (5) participate in a corporate religious sensitivity program for franchise managers.
A copy of the letter was sent to Chief Willie L. Shaw, Jr. of the Shreveport Police Department and to the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division.
Contact SUBWAY to request that they (1) investigate this troubling incident, (2) offer a formal written apology to the victim and his wife, (3) institute policy changes that will ensure that this type of incident does not occur in the future, (4) offer compensation to the victim and his wife for the humiliation and emotional distress caused by the SUBWAY employee and the police, and (5) participate in a corporate religious sensitivity program for franchise managers.
Mr. Fred DeLuca
President and CEO
325 Bic Drive
Milford, CT 06461
Copy to: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,gayle.mcfarland@shreveportla.
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Sorry Islamophobes, looks like no more Nike for you.
I saw on my Facebook newsfeed a link to this article talking about two Muslim men in France who are gay and had their nikkah performed by an Imam. Before jumping into my thoughts on this. I want to state my own views on homosexuality. I am not a scholar and I do not have any authority to pass a fatwa. I believe that the act of of intercourse between two people of the same gender is a sin just like adultery or any other sin. One can repent and only Allah can judge them, so I will not.
Watch till the end. Great video. May Allah guide him and us all to the straight path! Ameen!