We are not a tolerant society. We like to think that we
are, but in reality, not so much. Instead, we are a polarized society. More and
more, we live on the fringes with little tolerance for those whose viewpoints
differ from our own. For example, consider that Lowe's pulled their ads from TLC's new reality show, All
We should not be surprised then, that religious
discrimination claims in the workplace are trending upward. From Marcia Pledger, writing in The Columbus Dispatch (hat tip: i-Sight Investigation Software Blog):
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission statistics show
that religious discrimination complaints in workplace settings have more than
doubled from a little over a decade ago, resulting in roughly $10 million in
settlements. Last year, nearly 3,800 were filed.
"Religion has increasingly moved into the private sphere,
so when it does pop up in the workplace, we're less equipped to deal with it in
a rational and evenhanded manner," said John Gordon, chairman of the religion
department at Baldwin-Wallace College in Ohio.
Our Founding Fathers had enough foresight to separate
church and state. 220 years later, we should have enough experience to separate
church from work.
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