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Published: Friday, May 3 2013 10:00 a.m. MDT

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Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Keep it to yourself. We're here to work; what you do on your own time is your business.

The Rock
Federal Way, WA

I enjoy learning about the religions of those I work with. I just enjoy people. It is not possible to separate a person from religion. My religion defines a great deal of who I am.

People who tell others to "Keep it to yourself" come across as anti religious and anti God.

Sure, smart employers will make reasonable religious accommodations. We should expect certain limits. Also, some employers may object to granting accommodations to some religions. I would personally have difficulty doing so with the religion that Michael Medved calls "The Church of Perpetual Outrage."

Not all cultures or religions are created equal.

Y_is_for_Yale
Salt Lake City, UT

God won't save an ailing company anymore than Barack Obama will. In both cases, keep religion and politics out of the workplace. The private sector needs less intrusion (not more).

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

Upon your employment, you are prohibited from discussing:

Your marriage/relationship
Your children
Things that make you happy
Friendships
Your hobbies
Books you've read
Quotes you like

These things may all easily be combined with religion.

Example:

A quote hung at someone's desk...

"As we look into the future, we are going to need to be stronger and more responsible for our choices in a world where people 'call evil good, and good evil.' We do not choose wisely if we use our agency in opposition to God’s will or to priesthood counsel. Tomorrow’s blessings and opportunities depend on the choices we make today."

This motivates me to be a productive worker. If I had an office with this quote, a picture of the Savior, the temple, my family, and even a Christus statue... I would need no other decoration. I would be happy. I would be pleased and motivated and in high spirit each day to be surrounded by the things that motivate me most.

There is no wrong in these things. The only wrong is someone taking them down in offense. Employers should encourage, not discourage work.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

Y_is_for_Yale,

I would let God speak for Himself.

The rock,

I agree. In my experience, those those who say "no religious discussions" readily accept "anti-religious discussions". Their bias is open, transparent, and will condemn any credibility they try to hold onto.

I believe that a free people tolerates diverse opinions. If they don't want my opinion, they can do without. But I certainly have the right to express myself. Being at work didn't take away my other rights.

If someone told me "We're here to work" and to keep my mouth shut, I'd do what I learned long ago in childhood. I would talk to someone else.

RG
Buena Vista, VA

@ "I know it I live it I love it": Did you mean to say you are allowed (rather than prohibited) to discuss things on that list? Your comment would make more sense to me if that were the case.

@ Hutterite: I would like to know why you often seem to be antireligious and/or antiLDS. Your comment today (and comments on other days also) make me picture you as somewhat grumpy, with a chip on your shoulder, but if you are a truly a friendly, happy person I'd rather picture you that way.

@ Moderators: I hope you don't consider the above a personal attack. Not meant to be. Trying to understand where someone is coming from.

OnlytheCross
Bakersfield, CA

Just respect others and you will be a much more respected person.

Jesus was a gentleman to the lost, lonely and sick. He called the strident religious hypocrits what they were to their faces. Mohammed's bio is sketchy at best, but look at his legacy today.

We've all had that polite knock on our door from some missionary group. So a bunch of us California evangelicals decided to share our message with whoever was interested in Utah.... The neighborhoods were not so nice and receptive as we thought they'd be. All bristley and abrupt... We realized that some denominations want all the courtesy shown to them, but have difficulty reciprocating.

Lesson learned. Workplace or front porch, you still need to be respectful when folks say No Thanks. And vice-versa.

Sego Lilly
Salt Lake City, UT

Many years ago I worked for a company that would not allow me to come into work late on Sundays for church. But yet a supervisor of a different religion than my own was allowed to come into work 2 or more hours late on Sunday and Thursday nights because he had church meetings.

Now I let bosses know up front I do not work Sundays but I am more than willing to work on Saturdays. Yes I have been denied jobs because I won't work on Sunday but even if I wasn't religious getting to work on Sunday is a serious problem when you rely on UTA for transportation.

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT

RG,

Neither. I was trying to paint a picture that I felt was comparable to prohibiting someone from talking about religion.

All of those things can easily be combined with religion.

Temple Marriage
Family Home Evening
Blessings
Priesthood/Releif Society activities
Service Projects
Scriptures, Ensign, Talks, books, more books, etc.
Quotes from talks

I was trying to say...

-1- If I wanted to talk about my life, religion is required conversation. I read scriptures, talks, etc. I almost never read novel. Everything that I have to offer is because of my faith.
-2- It is just as disheartening to say "don't talk about your faith" as it is to say "don't talk about your children or family". Why? Because they are really the same thing.

In showing how inclusive they are I wanted to illustrate how negative and demotivating it is to require someone to exclude religion from your discussions. Upon self examination, if I exclude my faith I exclude my entire life. I have nothing left. The doctrines of my faith ARE family, ARE serving others, etc. How can one separate what they live from what they believe?

I cannot manage it.

RG
Buena Vista, VA

@ I know it I live it I love it
Thanks for your clarification and I agree with you.

A Scientist
Provo, UT

Religion poisons everything.

Keep it out of the workplace.

Vanka
Provo, UT

Anyone whose religion IS their life...

...is living a narrow and impoverished life, IMHO.

justmesal
MOUNTAIN VIEW, WY

To Vanka,
"Anyone whose religion IS their life ... .... is living a narrow and impoverished life."

Not sure how you can say that, everyone's religion is their life even if their religion is bigotry, agnostic, atheist, or if their god is money, or whatever. It is what shapes them. Your comment makes me wonder if your religion is ignorance, because it implies that only those who are atheists can lead a full life while those who believe in God the Father and Jesus Christ, or Mohammed, or Buddha, etc. cannot be happy and lead a full life. IMHO.

Mister J
Salt Lake City, UT

to I know it. I Live it. I Love it (5/3)...

"I would let God speak for Himself."

So, no need for missionary work, then?

re: A Scientist (5/4)...

Agreed.

When it comes to this article 3 words come to mind; Render God Caesar.

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