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This week Nina Shapiro reported the story of 35 Muslim Hertz employees who were suspended for insisting that they be able to pray every day

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Comment of the Week: Muslims Who Pray at Work Are 'Thieves'

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This week Nina Shapiro reported the story of 35 Muslim Hertz employees who were suspended for insisting that they be able to pray every day without clocking out. The story elicited the predictable barrage of comments about how "Islam is a cult" and that it's "not a religion," so therefore the workers shouldn't be allowed to pray at work.

One person even said that praying at work is tantamount to stealing.

This person is wrong.

Nyandjim writes:

You missed the point. The "prayer" breaks were taken on the company dime. That means that money was being stolen from the company.

I think each and every one of them should be fired. Cheating is intolerable. Thieves should be fired and these drivers are thieves.

In actuality, the prayer breaks were not taken "on the company dime," as the workers had elected to give up their pair of 10-minute breaks that every other employee gets.

Nyandjim and other commenters might have known that if they bothered to read Shapiro's story.

Either way, praying at work--as long it's done on a break and doesn't interfere with one's immediate duties--isn't stealing any more than getting up and getting a cup of coffee or using the bathroom is.

It's hard to think that these same workers would have be in the same situation if they were taking two breaks a day to say Hail Marys or read the Torah.

In any case, the suspended Hertz workers weren't taking any more time away from their jobs than any of the non-Muslim employees. And they certainly aren't "thieves."

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