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Respecting religious freedom in the workplace

Faith in the Workplace
Faith in the Workplace
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My employer has a respect for religious freedom in the workplace and demonstrates this by allowing employees to form resource groups around religious beliefs (as well as around other common interests). Employees feel a great respect for the company because of this.

I belong to the Christian Employee Resource Group. There are other religious groups as well. The Christian group offers prayer groups and Bible studies meeting weekly on the lunch hour.

Why do people who don’t have a religion get so angry at people who do, and more specifically at people who wish bring their faith to work with them? We’ve all heard the angry cries demanding we don’t bring Christianity into the workplace. With all due respect, you are entitled to your opinion. Can I ask you for the same respect? You do not have to join my prayer group. Why does it bother you that I go to a prayer group or attend a Bible study on my lunch hour?

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, under the first section of the Bill of Rights, guarantees freedom of religion. It reads:

"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."

This great nation was founded religious beliefs, and respect of them.

I’m a Christian wherever I go, work included. Please, sir, respect who I am. I will gladly do the same for you. I will pray that mutual respect will be attained for those who support faith at work and for those who do not. There is no reason we cannot live in peace, respecting religious freedom in the workplace.

1 Thessalonians 5: 12”Now we ask you, brothers, to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (NIV)