'Minnie Mouse Wearing a Hijab'
By Stephen Guy Hardin
August 24, 2010.
Imane Boudlal, a newly hired restaurant hostess at Disneyland's Grand Californian Hotel, last week in a press conference accused Disney of religious discrimination for refusing to let her wear a hijab, a head scarf, in public view.
In one of several efforts to appease Ms. Boudlal, Disney has offered her a bonnet with a hat to wear at work in public.
Boudlal rejected the new head wear and went home for a seventh time, according to the hotel workers union, Unite Here Local 11. It's not surprising to find the hotel workers union, Unite Here, involved in this. Unite Here is a militant union that has strong ties with several gay rights activists groups and has even fought the infamous SEIU to a standstill. Any union that is willing to take on the SEIU in a turf battle is a union with an agenda to be feared.
"The hat makes a joke of me and my religion, and draws even more attention to me," Boudlal said in a prepared statement. "It's unacceptable."
Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman, said Disney managers are still trying to meet Boudlal's demands after providing options, including alternative costumes. The company also offered her four different jobs that would allow her to wear her own head scarf.
"We provided Ms. Boudlal with several options, including a modified costume that includes a blouse with a higher neckline and a newly designed head covering that meets our costuming guidelines and which we believe provides a reasonable accommodation of Ms. Boudlal's religious beliefs," Brown said in a prepared statement.
Ah, yes, the specter of corporate greed and lust for profit has reared it's ugly head.
Wait a minute...
Disney only offered her four different jobs and numerous costumes to resolve her religious conflict? Since I'm not a Muslim, obviously, I wonder how many different costumes and job assignments Disney would have offered me? That one of the problems with being a Christian, no radical Progressive unions to back us up.
The real agenda here is not Ms. Boudlal's right to wear her hijab to honor the oppressive religious culture of Islam. The real agenda here is Ms. Boudlal and her high profile attempt to cause disruption and intimation in the heart of one of the greatest global symbols of America, Disneyland. Ms. Boudlal and her radical Progressive masters knew very well the dress code policy of Disney and they were prepared in advance to create as much turmoil and dissension as possible, all in the sacred name of Islam.
Propaganda for the sake of propaganda is still propaganda.
This is not the first time Progressive-based unions have formed partnerships with the devil. The stated goal of the Progressive movement has always been the abandonment of The Constitution and the complete deconstruction of American society. As the old Arab saying goes, ' The enemy of my enemy is my friend.'
Strange friends, indeed.
When Ms. Boudlal first reported to work with a hijab last week, Disney assigned her to work in a back room so she could wear the head scarf while the company worked on an solution. Boudlal decided to go home instead without pay.
The most obvious question is that if Ms. Boudlal is so eager to go home without pay, seven times in all, then why did she apply for the job to begin with? It seems that the only job she wants at Disney is the one that will allow her to push her Islamic propaganda on numerous untold tourists and families at Disneyland.
Walt Disney must be turning over in his grave.
How different is this from the committed and determined efforts to build the Ground Zero mosque, even over the overwhelming moral objections of most Americans?
Radical Islamic propaganda is insidious in it's many well financed fronts.
So, naturally Ms. Boudlal has filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Gee, wasn't that fast? And of course the Council of American Islamic Relations has joined hands with Ms. Boudlal's union to protect her rights to infiltrate... I mean work at Disneyland.
"They don't want me to look Muslim," Boudlal said in the prepared statement. "They just don't want the head covering to look like a hijab." Duh.
"Disney's treating the hijab as a mere piece of clothing that must be downplayed or hidden from guests view is unreasonable and discriminatory," said Affad Shaikh, the council's civil rights manager, in a prepared statement. "Disney should be able to accommodate Ms. Boudlal's request to wear a hijab (even if it's a substitute hijab that Disney insists she wear) in a manner that preserves her Muslim identity as well as her human dignity. The onus is on Disney to say that her wearing a scarf in her current position would be burdensome for them."
"Disney is an entertainment company," Brown said in a prepared statement. "Our theme parks and resorts are the stage and our costumed cast members (employees) are an important part of the show. When cast members are hired, regardless of their diverse beliefs, the expectation to comply with our appearance guidelines is made abundantly clear."
While Disney is known for its strict dress code, called the Disney Look, the corporation has made numerous accommodations over the years for religious customs and needs, such as longer skirt hems, skirts instead of pants, and hats as substitutes for religious head wear. In fact, in the case of Ms. Boudlal, Disney made numerous attempts to adjust her work attire to accommodate her special religious needs, but Ms. Boudlal would have none of that.
Apparently Ms. Boudlal and her union bosses will only be happy when children are lined up to have their photo taken with Minnie Mouse wearing a hijab.