Nesaie wrote: humphreys wrote: Nesaie wrote:
Wow, I'm surprised the Christians around here are chiming in as they are.
Personally, I believe in the Bill of Rights. I believe that anywhere in the US we all have a God given right of Free Speech and Religion. That means that this man was given a right by God to speak freely (his button) and to worship where he chooses (at work). I support this mans right to wear the button. The government cannot stop him. But, a corporation apparently can.
A question to the Christians here. When you're at work, do you separate your religion from what you do to earn a living?
What if you're a nazi or in a religion that supports the sacrifice of children?
I don't think it's inappropriate for a company to request a person not wear something that openly shows support for a possibly controversial belief, whether it be religious or political, especially seeing as it could offend customers, drive people away, or falsely associate the company itself with a certain stance.
Why not just make it the company's choice? They're paying the guy, right?
Why bring up nazis? That isn't a religion.
As far as sacrifice of children, well we both know the history of chrisitanity. Many children have been murdered. In the bible it talks of killing first born sons.
I think it's inappropriate for a corporation to expect us to give up our God given rights. The Bill of Rights wasn't given to us by corporations or government. Our rights are given to us by God. Not necessarily the Christian God, but the Creator.
Why would this only be about religion? I thought it was about a personal viewpoint, or belief. It could be religious, political, ethical, whatever, it's all the same.
Why should different rules apply to a religion?
Why would it be okay to wear a badge that shows support for a tyrannical God who tortures those who don't follow Him in Hell for all eternity, and advocates not allowing equal rights for homosexuals, and wants to ban mothers from having abortions in any circumstance, and is partly responsible for unimaginable horrors and wars and killings throughout history, but not for say, Satanism, or Nazism?
What all these things have in common is that they are personal beliefs that are often very controversial, and such beliefs a company has every right to keep completely separate from the job, and wearing a religious badge certainly does not fit in with that seperation. When we wears that badge, whether he likes it or not, it ties his beliefs in with those of his company's.
"All of our behavior can be traced to biological events about which we have no conscious knowledge: this has always suggested that free will is an illusion."
- Sam Harris