QUOTE(Ebase @ Apr 3 2012, 03:50 PM)
QUOTE(Rocha @ Apr 3 2012, 12:17 PM)
Yeah, they probably can do it, but it's really inconsiderate of them at the very least. Definitely wouldn't sit well with me.
As made apparent to many here, I am a Jew by culture, and still consider it cultural despite the religion.
I have always believed that religions and attitudes about it are a little inverted in this country. When they put a nativity in front of a municipal building I have no issue with it. I don't want religion "taught" in public school but respecting someone's faith is no problem. I think it's good in the spirit of respect and understanding that everyone be given an understanding of their beliefs. It isn't indoctrination to me to have my child understand that Muslims follow a book called the Koran believe in a prophet and where in the world that region is practiced. I want them to know their history. I even want my children to be a basic understanding of what is offensive to Muslims. I think this is a good thing. I think Mormonism is fucking nuts but I would want the same thing to occur.
If I ate pork and worked for an Islamic company and that was something that is serious odds with their faith, I simply wouldn't eat pork in their building. I look at it as courtesy. If my company asked me to observe their "needs" for lent? I would do that as well. I see it as a sign of respect for them. It doesn't become a problem for me unless they are looking for conversion by using means whether socially or using leverage. Conversion attempts I think are wrong. I do however despite thinking that they are all wrong think that they have the right to practice their faith as long as they are not trying to convert me.
I will wish people a Happy Easter, Christmas, Passover, and anything else if it has meaning to them and be respectful of their needs.
I think when people respect other people's faiths in such minor ways, it brings everyone closer to each other.
It isn't just about who signs my paycheck to me it's about tolerance. If they asked for me not to have bread during their Pesach holiday, i would wish them a Happy Passover and like i do with other holidays wish them a happy one. I just respect people that way. if I wanted bread, I would go out to eat this week.
I don't agree at all, E, it is not minor to be prohibited from bringing bread in the office for over a week, or to not be given a choice of meat every Friday, it is imposing beliefs and superstitions on people who don't believe in them. There's just no need for it. "I don't believe in that stuff, good for you if you want to do that, but no thanks on your bread/meat fast." This is the opposite of freedom and tolerance, actually. No one is telling these people that they have to eat bread on Passover, or eat meat on Fridays, but them telling everyone else they can't is an imposition.
This also doesn't have anything to do with wishing people a happy/merry whatever, as it's a simple expression of good will and doesn't impinge on one's rights.
I am not anti-religious, per se, if people want to practice whatever and whenever on their own free time, good for them. But I have never heard one good argument in my life why religious customs need to be observed in secular spaces.