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Pharmacists, Cabbies, and Religion

Charles Haynes over at the First Amendment Center penned the following article: "Should following your God mean losing your job?"

I disagree with him, vehemently, and here's why:

"Should following your God mean losing your job?" In this case, yes, because if you have religious objections to providing certain services to other people that are part of that job, you should not take the job in the first place! Unlike the draft and combat with the Quakers, and compulsory school with the Amish, a particular job is an option, a choice, not required or compulsory. No one ever went to jail for not being a pharmacist or a cab driver! The first amendment doesn't give you the right to be paid for non-performance, discriminate against customers, and push your religious dictates/sensitivities down other people's throats.

A Christian would not take a job as a prostitute, and then claim that they should remain employed and still get paid for refusing to service a client. A vegetarian should not take a job in a butcher shop, and then demand to keep their job and get paid for refusing to cut, wrap, and sell meat. A Muslim should not take a job in a hog butchering plant or a dog kennel, and then expect to keep their job when they refused to perform what is part of the basic duties of the job.

Any pharmacist that claims not to know that their job might require dispensing birth control, or cabbie claiming not to know that their job involves transporting alcohol or dogs is either a fool or a liar. As a pagan, I could not, in good conscience, take a job that required me to preach Christianity at someone as I served them food. I don't demand to get and keep such a job, and then whine that my "rights" have been violated.

See also Ethics, Religion, and Doing Your Job


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May. 15th, 2007 03:08 pm (UTC)

Political correctness at its worst.

I want to know since when does the First Amendment guarantee an individual the right to government interference so they can discriminate against someone else?

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Oh, wait, it doesn't.

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