I think that I have been very supportive of new Somali immigrants and of Muslims in general because of the bullshit they face ever since September 11, but damn. I don't agree with this "no transport" policy and, yes, I do think somebody has to make a choice here. I don't want to deprive anyone of the livelihood, but do your job or find another one. Can't bring yourself to dispense the morning-after pill? Do something else. (Do these same people dispense Prozac?)
I once worked at a prominent savings-and-loan delivering the executive mail, often hair-raising right-wing solicitations ("Keep the gays from raping our children in the streets!") and coupons for Solid Gold, a strip joint, addressed to senior vice-presidents. I felt like throwing that crap right in the garbage but hey, it's none of my business, and I'm no little schoolmarm myself, and that's illegal besides. (A very prominent member of the Republican party who was among the executives there was clean as a whistle, though--I'll give him that. Lots of Vikings games, and that's about it. No dirt. Sorry.)
The irony here is that at the same time there's an item in City Pages about two local companies whose nitwit management is so controlling that it mandated scheduled employee breaks, thus disrupting the prayer-times for Muslims (and who knows what other horrors, probably Avon catalog riffling and microwave popcorn) which had worked just fine up to that point. Okay, everybody, get out your hankies for the poor corporations' "undue hardship" of letting people take an unauthorized break shorter than a smoke outside the door to the loading dock. My only quibble is, do you have to have a religious reason to sue or does just having a bladder (and some adult dignity) count? (I looked for a link but can't find one; I read the print version.)
But I'll never forget the executive who called me and asked (I am not making this up) if we had a place for lost mail in the mail center! Yeah, we have a big-ass pile of lost mail, genius. What do you make, $80,000 a year? Can I have your job?