Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Freedom of Religion and Employment -- What are the Limits?

Oh, the States we're in! Nice job if you can get it. Work nine months in a critical-posting as a teacher and demand you get three weeks off during school to attend a pilgrimage. That's exactly what one person did; was denied it; resigned to go on the trip; and has since been the beneficiary of a lawsuit filed by the B.O. Justice Squad on her behalf. Nice, very nice. Let's see do you think she was a Christian? Guess again. Was she Jewish? Nope. Wrong again.

But that's not the only point here. There are two other points.

First, who's working for who these days? If we keep going like this, more employers will be in business for the desires and wishes of the employees and whatever religion they follow. If in fact, Religion and State are supposed to be separate, then maybe we should consider Religion and Business to be separate as well and let each person work out their own worship on their own time.

The second point is this. As we become more and more multi-cultural in the West, especially as the number of Muslims increase in our society, then we need to be ready to see more and more intrusions into what an employer is forced to agree to. And with that, since our wages here are much much higher than in Muslim countries, we'll see more and more of our jobs moving there. After all, if employers have to comply with all these religious laws, they may as well do it were it's cheaper.  Wouldn't you?

As for me, if I want to work for an organization that expects me to work on Christmas or on my Sabbath (Sunday), I don't go running to the Justice Department to file a suit for me. I change my time of corporate worship. How hard is that?

Your thoughts please.


Justice Department sues on behalf of Muslim teacher, triggering debate - The Washington Post



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