Allen West and the Sharia Law Incident That Wasn’t

One-term Congressman Allen West knows Sharia law when he sees it. You can’t pull the wool over his eyes. So when he and his daughter went shopping at Walmart recently, the two of them immediately spotted a situation that was clearly, obviously an instance of Sharia law being imposed on them:

Back in Dallas, after we unloaded the U-Haul, Aubrey, a very organized young lady, began the initial arranging of her room. And then came the request — “Dad, I know you haven’t been eating well here, so we need to go grocery shopping.” Dang it! This is what happens when your daughter is pursuing a Masters in Molecular/Cellular Biology. So we were off to the local Walmart Superstore just up the road. We gathered up her desired foodstuffs and headed to the checkout — and then this happened.

There was a young man doing the checkout and another Walmart employee came over and put up a sign, “No alcohol products in this lane.” So being the inquisitive fella I am, I used my additional set of eyes — glasses — to see the young checkout man’s name. Let me just say it was NOT “Steve.”

I pointed the sign out to Aubrey and her response was a simple question, how is it that this Muslim employee could refuse service to customers based on his religious beliefs, but Christians are being forced to participate in specific events contrary to their religious beliefs?

Boy howdy, that is one astute young lady.

Imagine that, this employee at Walmart refused to just scan a bottle or container of an alcoholic beverage — and that is acceptable. A Christian business owner declines to participate or provide service to a specific event — a gay wedding — which contradicts their faith, and the State crushes them.

As it turns out, imagining that is exactly what they did. Sometime later, they had to change the title of the blog post and add this correction:

EDITOR’S UPDATE: We spoke to the Walmart store, and apparently employees under 21 years old are prohibited from selling cigarettes and alcohol.

They could, of course, have waited to get an explanation before posting this unfounded accusation, but that would require intellectual integrity.

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  • dingojack

    “Dad, I know you haven’t been eating well here, so we need to go grocery shopping.”

    So they went to Walmart and bought an extra large bottle of bourbon!

    Lucky your daughter isn’t studying to be a dietitian.

    @@ Dingo

  • Chiroptera

    dingojack, #1:

    I’m pretty sure that most health professionals will recommend an extra large bottle of bourbon if your father is Allen West.

  • gshelley

    He sees a “No alcohol in this lane” and his first thought is “Sharia”. I see it and my first thought was “maybe that young man is under 21 and legally not allowed to sell alcohol”

  • cptdoom

    So being the inquisitive fella I am, I used my additional set of eyes — glasses — to see the young checkout man’s name. Let me just say it was NOT “Steve.”

    So inquisitive he didn’t even bother to ask the young man or his supervisor for the reason for the sing. So not very inquisitive at all.

    BTW, having worked in a grocery store that did not sell alcohol, but did sell cigarettes, I remember also not being able to sell cigarettes because I was under age, but we had to call over a supervisor to ring up the order. Can’t imagine what West would have thought of that.

  • cptdoom

    sign, not sing

  • John Pieret

    EDITOR’S UPDATE:

    “We are morons, have always been morons and will continue to be morons.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Obviously the Muslin cashier was under 21. After that age they graduate from madrassa school and get their suicide vests.

    Sure, you say he’s not a Muslin, but Allen West will get to the truth, even if he has to hold that cashier down and perfom a mock execution on him.

  • Mr Ed

    Its all clear now, why won’t McDonalds add the McRid as a regular menu item, Sharia law. I bet cancellation of the original Star Trek was because of Sharia law.

  • http://composer99.blogspot.ca composer99

    See, I think West missed the perfect opportunity to re-frame the correction to the blog post. Instead of “walking back” the Sharia claim, he could have just re-framed it as opposition to heavy-handed government regulation. No admission of error necessary. (Well, no explicit admission, that is.)

  • blf

    He sees a “No alcohol in this lane” and his first thought is “Sharia”. I see it and my first thought is “am I purchasing any alcohol?”

    (On the other hand, I’ve never been in a Walmart and so cannot rule out that my only thought the entire time would be “what the feck am I doing here?”.)

  • theguy

    “Imagine that, this employee at Walmart refused to just scan a bottle or container of an alcoholic beverage — and that is acceptable.”

    According to the law, not really, although even then there may be another employee willing to do it.

    “A Christian business owner declines to participate or provide service to a specific event discriminates against customers — a gay wedding — which contradicts their faith, and the State crushes fines and mildly inconveniences them.”

    FTFY

  • tbp1

    This makes me wonder how often he does his own shopping. How could an adult not have encountered this situation before? This sort of thing is actually very common, although many stores will instruct underage employees to call a manager, rather than designate an entire lane as no-alcohol. I remember stores where the employee would key or scan in the price, but I would have to lean over and hit the enter button. This, of course, makes about as much sense as an eruv, but that’s what you had to do.

    Further, even if the situation was as he imagined it, didn’t this take place on private property? Shouldn’t management be allowed to accommodate workers’ religious beliefs if they want to? Maybe they find it keeps workers happy and doing a better job. Why does he hate capitalism?

  • http://www.facebook.com/jason.criley jason the cripple

    ‘“Dad, I know you haven’t been eating well here, so we need to go grocery shopping.” Dang it! This is what happens when your daughter is pursuing a Masters in Molecular/Cellular Biology.’

    What the hell does that mean? Only a biologist would realized that people need to eat? And he says “Dang it!” like he’s upset that she figured that information out.

  • dugglebogey

    I bet you $100 that Allen West checks under his bed for muslims before going to sleep every night.

  • dingojack

    dugglebogey – either that or large bottles of bourbon (his daughter recommended it, being as he’s Allen West and all*.)

    Dingo

    ———

    * I’m guessing she’s hoping for cirrhosis to set in.

  • Die Anyway

    My alternative anecdote (and yes, it’s true):

    I was visiting my sister in Santa Rosa county, Florida. I stopped into Winn-Dixie to buy some extra groceries for that night’s dinner. One of the items was a bottle of wine. The employee told me that she could ring up everything but the wine. Not because she was underage (or Muslim) but because the good Christians in Santa Rosa county don’t want *anyone* to be able to buy alcohol on Sunday. I’m being forced to live by Christian Law. Discrimination!! I want a lawyer.

  • busterggi

    I like that West was incensed because he thought someone had a right that he wants to have but that somehow the other guy doesn’t deserve it.

  • sugarfrosted

    Funny, even if he was Muslim, I would have considered that a reasonable accommodation.

    This is why I point and laugh at far right Christians who complain about bake cakes for gay weddings.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    The new title of the post is “More ominous signs of Christian persecution.”

    Apparently not feeling ashamed enough at falsely accusing Wal-Mart of practicing Sharia, he’s concluded that state laws preventing underage people from selling liquor are an act of persecution against the entire Christian religion.

  • dingojack

    Area Man – Didn’t you know that the bride and groom in that wedding in Canaan were only 12 and 14, respectively?!?

    Sheesh!

    😉 Dingo

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    Oh, and in the “irony is dead” category, we have a real winner:

    Recently I wrote about the reason why the sign goes up for the Muslim employee, but the law — and the liberal progressive left — punishes Christian business owners. It all boils down to one group having an anger management issue, and the PC “coexist” crowd is just too cowardly.

    Allan West. The man who was charged and found guilty of beating and pretending to execute an innocent detainee, whose own men testified that they had to hold him back in case he killed the dude… Accusing other people of anger management issues.

  • robertfoster

    Need I point out how ludicrous it is that a 19 year old cashier can’t even scan a sealed bottle of booze in the course of his duties? I encountered this very same thing while living in Ohio. The poor kid had to call an older employee over to his checkout line to pick up the bottle and run it over the scanner AND place it in the shopping bag. Only then could he continue. I didn’t get it then and I don’t get it now. Besides, I’ve always been of the opinion that if you are old enough to vote and to serve in the army you are old enough to touch a bottle of wine.

  • Cal

    I think the weirdest part was finding out that is your name is not Steve you must be a Muslim…

  • Artor

    It’s worse than that. There are whole counties all over the place where the local mullahs have banned alcohol altogether. Sharia law is here!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_dry_communities_by_U.S._state

    Oh, wait. Those are all Xian-run counties. Nevermind.

  • sugarfrosted

    @22, The idea is that it is just to stop him from letting one of his underage friends buy it. It has nothing directly to do with him scanning it.

    @24 Artor, ironically one of those counties is where Jack Daniels is made.

  • sugarfrosted

    @24 Artor, also the one in South Dakota is an Indian reservation:

    “Shannon County (which is located entirely within the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation) is a dry county. Taxes on alcohol consumed within the county go to other counties.”

  • Chiroptera

    Allen West: Imagine that, this employee at Walmart refused to just scan a bottle or container of an alcoholic beverage — and that is acceptable. A Christian business owner declines to participate or provide service to a specific event — a gay wedding — which contradicts their faith, and the State crushes them.

    That’s a good point. Does anyone else remember the big freak-out a few years ago when Muslim cab drivers didn’t want to pick up drunk people? If I remember correctly, it was good Christian folk doing most of the freaking out. Now they don’t want to bake wedding cakes for gay people. I wonder if they have more sympathy for Muslim cab drivers now?

  • Michael Heath
  • thebookofdave

    @Area Man #19

    he’s concluded that state laws preventing underage people from selling liquor are an act of persecution against the entire Christian religion.

    In his defense, passing a bottle of bourbon between an adult and under-aged male is a sacramental rite of passage where he comes from.

  • magistramarla

    What really bothers me is that the daughter (presumably a creationist like her old man) is working on a Masters in Molecular/Cellular Biology. It never ceases to amaze me that people who earn higher degrees in the hard sciences can cling to fundi religions.

  • magistramarla

    There is a great satisfaction to having a military ID in a southern state, going to the class VI store on base and buying all of the wine and even hard liquor that we desire on a Sunday.

  • dan4

    @27: Actually, it was about Muslim cab drivers who would refuse to have passengers people who simply had bottles of alcohol with them to take home. That’s a bit broader than “Muslim cab drivers” who “didn’t want to pick up drunk people.”

  • Thomas

    So, he freaks out about Sharia law, admits that this is how he thinks religious freedom should work, and then goes back to freaking out about Sharia law, because the wrong people have it.

  • Ysidro

    At least this wasn’t in Pennsylvania, where uou can’t get any booze at Wal-mart!