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November 14, 2017 at 2:24 pm #6113
We three, we’re not even good company…my echo, my shadow and me.October 29, 2017 at 9:32 pm #5945
Simon, the christmas season with its inundation from tv, radio, business and citizens with christmas messages and “merry christmas” made me sick as a kid. Growing up jewish, (ancestry not religion) atheist and not sharing their bigotry i felt like an outsider. Hated hearing that crap. God bless you was even worse. No doubt many feel that way. And for those who live in the bible belt it must be much worse. Hell, driving through the bible belt was culture shock for me.October 29, 2017 at 4:56 pm #5933
Beth, can’t say i agree that your company is well-intended in giving that message. It is not malicious either. It is simply mindless cant. Thoughts and prayers in such circumstances are for those who know and care for the deceased.
It seems to me this affront is similar to merry christmas. The assumption is that we are all christians who celebrate silly santa in his silly santa suit. Your employer’s assumption is that there is a silly santa listening and we all subscribe to silly santa.
Why not broaden your legal search to “merry christmas” and “happy holidays”, the accommodation for those offended by merry christmas.
Employers in America have great latitude in discharging employees. Unless there is a contract of employment an employee is characterized as an employee at will and can be fired cuz the employer feels like it. It seems like a remnant from the time when all of the power was in the employer. The employer continues to have a great deal of power. Laws designed to protect employees from discrimination strike a balance in the power between employer and employee. Is there enough here to compel a change? I am dubious that you will discover that your employer is violating any laws. But I hope so.October 29, 2017 at 9:34 am #5916
I have been out of law for 8 years so i can’t speak with any conviction.
My hunch is that Beth’s employer is not violating any state of federal statute. Nor is the first amendment invoked in terms of the company missive having a chilling effect on speech since the state action requirement is absent (unless Beth works for the state)
If Beth makes her gripe without cover of anonymity and suffers repercussions for having done so, then she very likely has a claim for discrimination based on religion under the civil rights act and probably statute(s) under state law.
It does strike me as the kind of issue that might be of interest to the ACLU. It is likely that theists would view Beth’s stance and perspective as oversensitive and lacking in substance. Atheists, particularly those among us who have experienced this kind of thing will see it differently.October 28, 2017 at 5:54 pm #5904
agree with you Beth…it is common practice and underlying the request is a religious mindset of intolerance and demand to conform…but keep your complaint anonymous because the risk involved in being public about gripe is too greatOctober 1, 2017 at 2:59 pm #5695
Tom, I am impressed. You diagnose the women in my life without knowing them. I guess that makes you god. Say Tom, i seem to have a growth on my neck. Is it malignant?
Love happens when pain can bring understanding, not revenge.
That is a good line.October 1, 2017 at 5:34 am #5682
Hope ya can eRADicate it.October 1, 2017 at 5:07 am #5679
Belle, what is RAD?
It seems every woman i have ever known who described to me how she had been abused as a child is mentally ill. In researching the issue it turns out to be worse than my impressions formed through anecdotes. Vulnerability to disease increases, to mental illness increases and life expectancy is reduced.
So why is it in america that there is not a basic awareness of the above?
And isn’t is odd how being abused by men makes women more apt to select a partner who will in turn abuse her and her children?October 1, 2017 at 4:37 am #5676
Interesting though to take note just how much damage is done in childhood and the lifetime repercussions…it is alarming and seems to be a topic of little discussionOctober 1, 2017 at 4:17 am #5674
Pain waiting to happenSeptember 26, 2017 at 2:49 pm #5552
Yes, theists commit a COSMIC ARROGANCE in pretending to have a clue and still greater when telling people how to live.
When a writer challenges theistic world views it is either going to be an explicit or implicit rejection of an entire way of life. It can be shattering to a theist to be told their lives and the universe are not at all as they had imagined.
Is it a responsibility of the writer to do it in euphemism or gently? Is there any pulling punches when a theist is proselytizing?
Contrast that with a peripatetic atheist knocking on doors? It kind of sounds absurd.
Contemplate also the atheist who is accosted by a theist.September 26, 2017 at 3:54 am #5538
I know what ya mean.
I used to enjoy it when i was underestimated as an attorney and won in court against some priestly and arrogant lawyer.
But it seems like arrogance is a natural outgrowth of excellence. Super pilots, super athletes, super doctors, super intelligent folks, seem to be cocky and arrogant. Not always. Often.September 26, 2017 at 3:26 am #5535
ya one-upped the motherfuckers line.September 26, 2017 at 3:17 am #5533
No fun being a doormat Belle.
Glad you are being assertive. Nice line concerning rich white motherfuckers!September 26, 2017 at 3:04 am #5529
That is a good metaphor of a rubber band but fortunately it takes a lot of stretching before it snaps.
I go to Vermont a few times a year and always love the visit. The air is better. It is so fucking scenic. Mountains all over. Lots of tiny towns. Not too many people and the people seem friendly to me. Not easy to get a job there though. Aint much for industry and lots of people seem to start their own business.