We are also 'lucky' enough to have landed a new business venture's world headquarters (see below) which promises to bring 800 jobs to Metro Detroit. 800 jobs for Arabic-speaking employees? With no apparent intent to assimilate. Swell.
Dow Chemical Joint Venture with State-owned Petrochemical Industries of Kuwait
"The Michigan site offers a number of benefits, company officials said, including easy access to international flights at Detroit Metropolitan Airport, a strong school system where employees' children can continue to speak Arabic, a nearby Arab-American population of about 300,000, and "Michigan hospitality."~Detroit News, July 26, 2008 (emphasis added)
Wal-mart Opens Muslim-themed Store
"This Wal-Mart, though... [is] in Dearborn, Mich., home to nearly a half-million Arab-Americans, the largest concentration of Arabs outside the Middle East."~Newsweek, March 10, 2008 (emphasis added)
"In Dearborn this week, the world's largest retailer opens a store like no other among its 3,500 U.S. outlets. Walk through the front door of the 200,000-square-foot supercenter and instead of rows of checkout counters, you find a scene akin to a farmers market in Beirut."
"Amen said that the Dearborn Wal-Mart is committed to enhancing the shopping experience of its customers. As part of the store's efforts, Arabic-speaking sales associates will wear badges that read "I speak Arabic."~Arab American News, March 8, 2008
Largest Mosque in North America Doubles in Size
"The American Muslim Society has raised $1.8 million for the construction works of the mosque to double its size."~SpiritHit.com, April 29, 2005
"The expansion included a new library and media room, conference rooms and 16 classrooms to teach 600 students Arabic and Islam during two daily shifts."
"The 4.3-million-dollar project included adding a new 2,500-square-foot prayer hall and a banquet center as well as expanding the basketball court.
The new two-story prayer hall will serve to accommodate the increasing number of the Muslim prayers in the area."
County Changes Public Swimming Pool Policy, Allows Muslim Women and Girls to Swim Fully Clothed
Jumanah Saadeh, 14, an Ann Arbor girl, is a Muslim. She follows the teachings of Islam which include covering her hair and the rest of her body when in public. During a field trip to the Rolling Hills Water Park in Ypsilanti, she wore nylon pants, a full-sleeve collared shirt, and her hijab -- a head scarf. She was ordered out of the pool for violating swimsuit policies (in place for public health/sanitary reasons ~Ed). With support from her teacher, Muslim leaders and a civil rights attorney, she persuaded Washtenaw County to change its pool policy to accommodate Muslim women who want to cover themselves while swimming. Jumanah said:~The Detroit Free Press, September 4, 2006
"I felt humiliated and disappointed because I was denied an opportunity to have fun with my friends just because I'm Muslim. ... When a girl reaches a certain age, you have to treat your body like a jewel. You don't show it off."
According to Muslim leaders, this is the first case of its kind in Michigan, and perhaps the first in the U.S.
Public Universities Install Foot Baths for Muslims at Taxpayer Expense
"When pools of water began accumulating on the floor in some restrooms at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and the sinks pulling away from the walls, the problem was easy to pinpoint. On this campus, more than 10 percent of the students are Muslims, and as part of ritual ablutions required before their five-times-a-day prayers, some were washing their feet in the sinks."~The New York Times, August 7, 2007 (emphasis added)
"The solution seemed straightforward. After discussions with the Muslim Students’ Association, the university announced that it would install $25,000 foot-washing stations in several restrooms."
Eastern Michigan University's Muslim Footbath
"At Eastern Michigan (University), even some Muslim students were surprised by the appearance of the footbath — a single spigot delivering 45 seconds of water — in a partitioned corner of the restroom in the new student union."
City Equates Muslim Call to Prayer with Church Bells, Amends Noise Ordinance
Hamtramck, Michigan is a quaint, old-world enclave completely surrounded by the City of Detroit. For decades, it has been the home of Michigan's Polish community. Now, not so much. Stash is moving out, and Mohammed is moving in. This city of just 23,000 residents has 3 mosques.
The case garnered national attention in 2004, when the City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the city's noise ordinance, permitting the call to be broadcast over loudspeakers. Ultimately, a ballot question was placed before voters and the change was narrowly upheld.
The 12-page Department of Corrections Policy Directive on Religious Beliefs and Practices of Prisoners
The last three pages are a real eye-opener. Is it any wonder Michigan is going broke?
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