A Scientist: "Mormons favoring fellow Mormons for jobs and promotions IS
religious discrimination."Absolutely true, but there is a
difference between members' improper or ignorant behavior and the
church's policies. The LDS Church does not teach its members to
discriminate. I deal with fellow members' bad behavior, opinions, and
conduct all the time. It has no affect on my belief in Jesus Christ or the
Gospel. Ultimately religion is about a person's relationship with their
Creator.Criticizing individuals is one thing; generalizing it to a
group or organization is called a stereotype, or "profiling". I believe it was Elder Robert Hales who said, "Christ had a perfect church
until He let us all in"...
As much as I am loathe to say it, but I agree with Scientist. That's one
of my "hot-button" issues, that members of my faith try to justify
favoritism just because of a shared belief. it isn't right if members of
another religion do it, so it isn't right when LDS members do it.Stop it!
So my former boss wanted to start having a prayer before staff meetings I told
he I would be fine with that as long as she would give me a minute to get sky
clad since my pagan religion requires i do so before prayer, for some reason she
decided against the prayers.
Atheists discriminated against? Is it because of all of the religious holidays
they want off?
The accompanying sidebar graphic has some lessons. Note that for both groups
shown that show perceived bias against themselves rather than for others, the
rate is higher than for their perception of bias against other groups. The
parable of motes and beams applies. Human nature is revealed in a bar graph.
It's a lot easier to see the speck in your own eye than the log in
another's. Perhaps a sermon on the subject would be appropriate next
Sunday at the evangelical churches. Also, note that the evangelicals seem much
less likely than their colleagues to notice discrimination against other groups.
Conversely, the atheists show a higher than average sensitivity to the plights
of others. Would someone please explain the apparent difference in empathy
between one group where charity is a cardinal virtue and another where it is
The notion of a religious majority being persecuted by a religious minority may
seem ludicrous, but it's essentially the story of Syria, whose dictator
belongs to a relatively minor branch of Islam and who has put fellow members of
that sect in positions of authority. I don't think Syria is the only recent
DN must have someone assigned to scan publications for the "war on
religion" section of the paper. What constitutes
"persecution?" My husband was at a work-associated dinner
function of senior executives. A newly hired executive, first time meeting my
husband, proceeded to pointedly grill him on specific beliefs of Mormons --such
as Mormons believing they can become Gods etc. After responding to several
questions my husband asked the executive if he was a "born-again"
Christian," to which the executive took great offense, (and ended the
conversation). A few minutes later the executive's wife then quietly told
my husband, that "yes" they were "born-again" Christians.
One of the largest religious discrimination cases in recent US history involved
the systematic discrimination against persons who were NOT LDS by an LDS senior
management team at a company headquartered in Arizona.In Utah, such
favoritism is winked at, but the discriminatory effects are felt throughout the
community.Mormons favoring fellow Mormons for jobs and promotions IS
The act of _feeling_ persecuted, even when you're hugely in the majority
and while simultaneously demanding the freedom to persecute others in the name
of your own religion, is central to the world's major religious beliefs.
The ages-old conflict between reason and religion grinds on. Little
by little, reason is prevailing, as it inevitably must.
Wondering why people are discussing their religion, or lack of it at their place
of employment.People generally do not discuss, or have the opportunity or
time to get into such personal discussions while "working".Just
try talking about the salary of each employee and watch what management does.Sounds like the "Duck Dynasty" office. Too much free time?
My friend was Moslem and Friday prayers are important but his employer in Canada
would not accomodate. I don't know how much of an accomodation would have
been required. Would it have been to take an extra hour during lunch? Or to
just not come in at all? I would agree with the former, but the latter would be
a pretty big thing.If an employer is willing to accomodate that, I
would take that as a signal that the employer truly values diversity and that
would make me feel more comfortable working for that employer. I can understand
how that would increase morale.
Simmer down, Stop stirring the pot.
Poor picked on religious people. In nearly 40 years in the workplace, I have
never seen discrimination against Christians. Never. I've seen other
groups discriminated against though. And, btw, if your business is open on the
Sabbath it isn't discrimination against you if you have to work on it (all
the employees have to as well).
I was tempted to write my reaction to this piece, but nope I'm not.