Special Privileges for Theists?
So, this guy who worked in a factory in Georgia got fired because he refused a direct order to wear a safety sticker.
The sticker, which recorded the 666 days since the last accident at the factory, was the “mark of th beast” according to the worker, Mr. Billy E. Hyatt.
He is, of course, now suing the company for firing him on religious grounds.
Why is it that theists often get a pass for things that would get the rest of us laughed out of court?
Often religion is taken into consideration in prosecutions and sentencing where children have been neglected due to religious prohibition of medical treatment (or the substitution of faith healing for actual medicine).
This case, obviously is not so extreme, but why does religion factor into the equation at all?
If an employer tells you to do something that isn’t unethical, dangerous or illegal and you don’t do it, you should expect consequences.
BTW, I feel the employer acted stupidly over an apparent trivial matter, but that’s neither here nor there. The defense of “I didn’t do it because I didn’t want to” isn’t improved by “because of my religion”.
I’m looking forward to how this case gets decided.
- 40 Examples of Christian Privilege (godlessgirl.com)
- Lawsuit: Man fired for refusing eternal damnation (cbsnews.com)
- Why are Right-Wing Christians Obsessed with Paranoid Notions of Liberal Politicians as the Antichrist? (alternet.org)
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