Gosh, a man of the cloth coming out with such nonsense, firstly i find those who cling to religion to be the worst of mankind,
While I don't necessarily agree with the tack of the minister for both historical and religious reasons, I don't quite agree with the second part of your statement.
For you see Monica I can make the same kind of statement about today's religion called Politics..and people clinging to it ..including public education financed by politic and the body politic/governments. For it was a result of the "Enlightenment " under the Encyclopedias that the French Government turned on their own people....and under the guillotine killed one out of five Frenchmen...20%. Enlightened people did this Monica.
The same type of anti god nations...continued on in Soviet Russia, Communist China to continue killing millions of their own people and continue to do so today..in order to bring about their Utopia.
What I find of most interest Monica is that our News Media and public education financed by our own governments tends toward totally avoiding this understanding.
This kind of thing also happened in the former Yugoslavia in the 1980s/90s while the rest of "Enlightened "
Europe stood by and did nothing.
One need not go back that far into history of "Enlightened " people ..people of reason and logic to find this religion taking place among educated ungodly leaders and people...while putting the onus off on religion.
they think that going into a supposed holy building once a week absolves them of any moral issues they may face the rest of the week.
This Monica is textbook of Public Education non standards today...intellect, reason, and "Enlightenment." For you see Monica...those who can still think know that the Church is the assembly ..the people ..it is not a building. The Church meets and the Church goes home.
Most people who are enlightened understands that those who serve on the floors of restaurants are some of the lowest paid staff around, those people rely on tips to make up their megre wage packet, if anyone is so against tipping make sure the place you are eating at adds extra for service or not, then make an informed choice on your rather pathetic principles.
personally i tip when ever the occasion arises, unless of course i received less than satisfactory service.
Most people Monica who are "Enlightened]"
know that there are people out here who come in all types, thoughts, and ideas and many of us take severe RISKS
in our occupations for our monies. Who these people are I cannot specifically say except for myself..but I know they are out here. I have worked in the restaurant business and know how it operates and the degree of difficulty and skill it takes to accomplish much of it and keep it in perspective to offer good product and service. I also know this against what I currently do and the RISKS
I currently take for my monies.
The original post was about people taking a tip as a given ..for granted..a default setting. Very much what you are attempting to do in "Entitlement" and attempting to pass this off as "Enlightenment." I find it to be neither.
I am not against tipping at all..I just don't care for me and my labors/RISKS to be taken for granted by a 18% automatic gratuity...a given...a Entitlement. I will decide what is the gratuity against the RISKS in earning my monies.
You should be very careful what you think it Enlightenment..often it is another watch word for "Entitlement " of others goods and services without taking into consideration what RISKS people take in earning it. This is also exactly the tack of another serious religion taking place out here. A very devout and zealous religion ..a religion of "Enlightenment, reason, and logic " which finances public education. I am speaking here of the Body Politic/Government and it's devout and zealous priesthood.
In this case I find a restaurant taking for granted a 18% gratuity automatically added to my bill..to be no different from a Government devoutly and zealously passing on more taxes and entitlement onto my paycheck while taking me for granted. I would say the same thing for a Church which demands a 10% Tithe or gratuity automatically...that they are attempting to take me for granted and function as a government.
I am in total agreement with the concept of "Separation of Church and State" as I know what Whoredoms both Church and State will do when in bed together. I know this from a religious standpoint as well as a Historical standpoint. Both Church and government have histories, if left unchecked, of taking advantage of peoples for their souls and pocketbooks when reaching for "Absolute Power/Divine Right of Kings."
I do not agree with it at all when a restaurant attempts to carry on this way as a government with my monies and RISKS taken in earning it.
I am not in agreement with the tack of this pastor. Nor am I in agreement with the restaurant in the article. I don't consider either group to be "Enlightened."