Racial & Religious Hatred, Prejudice, Slander, Defamation

Something was given to me at work today that could be seen as labelling a particular religious group as devil worshipers. I know that they are not.

The information was copied off a website and was given to several people so I asked for a copy. I read it through with interest. Some of it was factual information but then came the lovely sentence referring to, ‘…idol worshipers and devil worshipers…’.

I sent off an email to all of our team pointing out that this particular religion does not worship the devil, and that it was defamation and slander. Thinking about it afterwards it seems to me that it could also be seen as inciting religious or racial hatred. It has been passed to several people, some of whom do not know anything about the religion in question, so it could manipulate their way of thinking.

I’ve spoken to my family about this also. They think that this is a ‘sackable’ offence. They think I should lodge a formal complaint and take it further. Even though the information was obviously copied and pasted from a website.

If you are reading this you may be wondering what religion I am talking about. Well, usually when this type of thing crops up we are hearing about people saying things about Islam and Muslims. People are then in uproar screaming about racism and prejudice.

This particular information was taken from a Muslim website. It talks about the origins of Halloween, or Samhain, which is actually factual information. It then goes on to give basic information of the Christian church labelling it ‘evil’. After that it discusses the Islamic view of Halloween and tells Muslims they shouldn’t take part in any ‘idol worship or devil worship’.

As I put in my email to the team:

1) Pagans do not worship the devil. You have to believe in the devil to worship it and Pagans do not have any concept of this entity. Also, if you check back in Christian history, the devil was actually put into the bible by the Council of Nicaea back in AD326, or sometime around then. It doesn’t actually exist – only in the minds of people who believe in it. Pagans do not.

2) Pagans do not worship idols. We, yes WE, have Gods or Goddesses or both, who we worship. Our deities are as real and as important to us as Allah is to a Muslim.

I don’t call Muslims devil worshipers because they do not follow my religion, so what gives them the right to label me as such because I am not Muslim? Some people need to grow up. Tolerance is something that some people do not understand. Accept of course when they want people to show it towards them. But then some people are used to getting everything they want aren’t they?

Many people celebrate Samhain in the UK as a religious celebration. If you don’t like it go live elsewhere.

HAPPY SAMHAIN PEOPLE!

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The Right People To Work Here

The higher ranks of the company have mentioned recently that they want the right kind of people for the job. Mentioned several times actually. They have also said that anyone who does not have the right attitude should go elsewhere.

During a meeting last week where we were discussing what would make the company an even better place to work for, one of the directors began to ask people if they would like more facilities to help with religious matters. He mentioned praying facilities, better facilities to wash feet, and anything else that people may find beneficial. Well I jumped at him.

‘This is a place of work not a place of worship.’ I said.

‘Oh but we need the right kind of people for the job.’ He replied.

So am I take it that non-religious people are not the right people for the job? Lovely case of discrimination if that’s right. Or does the company prefer people spending their time praying and washing their feet rather than actually doing the work they are employed to do? Surely the ‘right kind of people’ do their job at work and personal issues, such as religion, occupy them outside of work.

Why do some people expect the work place to accommodate their worship preferences? If you worship a God, whatever God it may be, then shouldn’t you be thinking about that deity at all times, not just in worship? And shouldn’t your actions belie the religion you follow? For instance, if you believe that God created everything and is the prime artist, then shouldn’t you be treating the artists work as being priceless, in every form it comes in? Should you not be working to the best of your ability in honour of the fact that God provided the job for you? Or should you be wasting the time of other people by washing your feet and spending your time praying? I can’t see any God thinking a time waster or work skiver is worthy follower to have.


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