Where the rights violated? Should I be offended or am I over reacting, What would you do?
I started a new job at a poplar food chain as a manager. We had an orientation for all the new management hires. At the orientation was all the things that we would need for the job. Then on top was a box that said Bible. At first I thought that it was like the company Bible with the rules and regulation things like that then I looked more closely. It said words of Christ in red. This was a real Bible. And it has bothered be ever since.
How do the know my beliefs, I could be a member of any non-Christian religion. Two preexisting employees said that they even play gospel music on the radios at work.
Then the CEO came in to meet us. He said that he gave us the bibles to help us deal with stress in the work place, and hard to deal with customers.
The fact is I was offended that it was assumed that I was a Christian. My mother said welcome to the bible belt, it is part of living on South Carolina. But I wasn't aware that that SC was exempt when the Bill Of Right was written.
They are out of line. That said, the question is, what are you going to do/feel about it? You can confront them, making you, in their eyes, 'not one of us'. Probably not the most pleasant way to begin employment with them. You can harbor anger and resentment. Again, not a great employment strategy. You can quit, but then you are out of a job. What I think is the best course of action is to realize that this is probably not the place for you to consider long-term employment. Understand that they have made their position clear, and begin looking for another job while you hold this one. If they required you to belong to their faith or something, it would be a gross violation. But, what they've done is provide you a bible. Other than making it clear this is not the place for you in the long run, what harm has been done? Don't be like them. Don't REQUIRE faith/lack of faith/christianity/atheism or sensitivity to differences. You're not going to get it from them.
The bill of rights has nothing to do with it. Those ten amendments apply to rights that cannot be restricted by the government, not individuals or corporations. You have two choices. Work in a highly christian based employment atmosphere or find a different job. Sorry but there really is nothing else to consider.
Of course you have the right to be offended. It sure doesn't seem like your rights have been violated though. The employer is entirely within rights to express their own faith.
You can be gracious, say thank you, and put it away in your desk.
Or you can act in a very immature manner and make a fuss.
Either way will prove the kind of person you are and that's your right too.
The funny thing is that they can't really tell you 'we're a Christian-oriented facility' when they interview you because that can violate discrimination laws by implying that you're not welcome unless you capitulate. But they can simply be open about things and accept you for who you are, even if you don't have the same views. That's what mutual respect is about and that's the basis of liberty.
I used to live in southern Virginia and know about the 'attitude' you speak of. No need to take it personally, even though I agree with you that it's inappropritate. I decided that this type of 'overt' evangalizing and assumption is on the same level of saying 'God bless you' when you sneeze.
There is NO harm meant. It can, in fact help you to realize where the management is coming from. (not meant as a slight to them, just how THEY deal with things)
Your comment about the bill of rights - well, i know what you're saying but in a place of business, (private enterprise) there isn't freedom of religion. Only state-sponsored. I would suggest ear plugs for the gospel music - unless you like your skin to crawl.
Sorry, but I'd quit. There is no law against it a fast food place is not the government so the Bill of Rights do not apply. I would quit because I wouldn't want anyone forcing religion down my throat. I believe that everyone is entitled to believe as they choose and it should be kept as a private matter. I even take Gideon out of motel and hotel rooms when I stay over, Gideon ends up somewhere down the hall on the floor.
i think that you have a right to be upset at the lack of respect for other religions. but, it is something that was done probably b/c the person giving them out uses it to help with stress, and it was probably a lot cheaper then getting every one massages. i would take it as ignorance toward diversity.
I find it ironic that an establishment that is all about peddling ill health for people, animals and the environment is so into the Bible. Maybe they should read a bit more of it.
Some people run their business based on the belief of CHRIST. If you saw this at orientation and know that is how the company is run, and it offended you, why are you still there?
They should have told you when they hired you, but you can not expect a company to change it ways because it offends you!!!
First, if it not a Publiclt trade company, they can do whatever they want. No wrong doing there. Did they tell you that you Had to become Christian?
I worked for a Bank in California, that Prayed before every meeting. Though I am not a 'Church Guy' and I don't think California would be considered the 'Bible Belt', I sat quietly during their Prayer and did a little Meditating.
They knew I was not 'One of Them' and they respected my views and I respected theirs.
As for the Music? I always say 'As long as it's not Rap, it dosn't bother me'.
You can be offended if you choose, or look at is as being part of Real life, where not everything is exactly the way we want it 100% of the time.
I guess you didn't research the Company before you took the Job...
Your rights aren't being violated unless they require you to read it and pray to God.
You have freedom OF religion guaranteed by the Constitution. You are free to choose your religion. You are not guaranteed freedom FROM religion. In your lifetime you are going to run into all types, and knowing how to deal with others respectfully can never be a bad thing.
First of all, no, rights were not violated. No one has a right not to be offended, so sorry. The company also has no obligation to shield you from their policies just because your not religious, or may be offended. If you have that much of an issue with God and the bible, they don't want you there so your free to leave and not let the door bump your butt on the way out. Learn it, know it, live it. I like this company, they obviously care about their employees, and carry a high social and moral values standard, something thats sorely lacking in todays sick its all about me and my rights society. Lastly, yes, your way overreacting. The bible was simply an offer of a tool to help you get through tougher times on the job, its your option to use it or not. Personally, I'd use them wheither I was a believer or not. What should you do... get over it. The way the system works, if the liberal left wing wacko's aren't craming something down your throats that you don't want to accept, is that you have several options you are FREE to choose from. Accept the companys generous offer of using the bible to help with difficult situations, or decline to use the book and get on with the job in your own way, or leave and work for another company who has a lower moral and social standard that suits you better, its that simple. Its called freedom of choice, something the liberal left wing is destroying as quickly as they can.
To be quite honest. no one forced anything upon you. The company gave you a bible because they thought that it would ease a lot of the firstcomer's initial problems. your right would be violated if persay, they gave you a 15 minute break specifically for going through the bible etc etc.
If you're going to be listening to music, it would be, in fact, offensive those that really do take their faith seriously, to have pop, rock, abd R & B be played without ever having gospel music played. I think not having different types of music would be more offensive to everyone.
no one made you open your bible, sit down, and read it. but by the way you're over reacting, maybe you should.
Simply wanting diversity in this country by eliminating ALL religious tools is not going to solve anyone's problems.
Besides. you're working for a private company. the rules and guidelines are set by the company owner. no one forced you to take this job. in fact, I need a job. so if you quit, I'll go there, sit my *** in my little seat and won't say **** about anything.
jeez. be happy you're employed and stop trying to cause controversy in the workplace- because that's how you get fired. or at least not get promoted indefinitely.
suck it up while you're new if you want make a living out of it.
How does the Bill of Rights affect a privately owned company?
Just like the Boy Scouts can keep gays out a private organization can set certain standards and even promote religion in the organization if they so choose.
thats disgusting they would try and force that upon you...im guessing it was chick-fil A since they are not open on sundays so you can go to church...if so then maybe you should expect it from them, otherwise i would be angry.