Those Poor Muslims Forced to Sell Pork Rinds in Chicago
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
By Warner Todd Huston
The Chicago Tribune has a long lament of an article bellyaching about how so many wonderful and devout Muslim grocery store owners in Chicago are somehow forced to sell liquor, lottery tickets and pork products in their stores. The article worries over their Muslim souls for having to violate their un-American Shariah codes. Naturally, a group of do-gooders have a solution. Just as naturally it comes in the form of our tax dollars.
For the Tribune, writer Manya A. Brachear tells us of South Side store owner Mazen Materieh who prays five times a day in Muslim fashion behind his cashier’s counter. Mrs Brachear apparently wants us to feel sorry for Materieh because he is somehow forced to sell lottery tickets, pork products like pork rinds, and liquor in his store. “I’m an honest person. I don’t like to be a man of two faces,” Materieh says about doing what he knows is “wrong,” namely selling the “forbidden” products.
Brachear then gravely inform us that this is a “conflict” that is “common” throughout Chicago.
Materieh’s conflict is common in corner stores across Chicago’s South Side. On one hand, store owners cannot make ends meet without selling what customers demand. On the other, consuming or profiting from products forbidden by their faith is considered sinful. What’s more, neighbors blame the stores for perpetuating violence, addiction and obesity in low-income neighborhoods.
Writer Brachear goes on to regale us of another Muslim that we are apparently supposed to feel sorry for because he was somehow forced to operate a store that sells the “forbidden items.”
Oh, woe is Materieh and his brethren. Ridiculously, no where in this story is seen the obvious solution to these grave violations of religious principle and “conflict” in such stores: don’t work there if it violates your religious principles. There, problem solved.
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