If you can't do your job, due to your religion, should you have the job???

I was standing in the check-out line at the local Walmart (in Central City,Ky) when the line was stopped.  The cashier refused to check the lady ahead of me because she was buying beer.   Me, being me, asked what the problem was? The clerk said she couldn't scan the beer because "It"s against my religious convictions".  So the lady with the beer, and I, had to wait until a manager was called up to scan the beer onto the ticket. 

I laughed about it.  It's so outlandish!  So, the question is if a person can't (or won't) do their job because of their their religion, should they have the job?  I say no.    They should either do the job or quit but don't hold up innocent bystanders due to your beliefs.

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Comment by k.h. ky on December 27, 2013 at 10:44pm

I bet she's pentecostal.  Or maybe southern baptist.  Being from this narrow area of the bible belt it's a sure bet it's one of them.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 27, 2013 at 10:35pm

@Chelle Walter...don't look for a job at Chick-Fil-A or Hobby Lobby, either....  LOL!

Comment by sk8eycat on December 27, 2013 at 10:30pm

Duh.  These fanatics don't understand that their imaginary friend drank both wine and beer. I don't know if beer is mentioned in the buybull, except for place names like Beersheba, but wine certainly is.  I do believe that every culture on earth brewed some form of beer,, and everyone drank it, including children (usually "small beer").  It was safer than most local water.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol_in_the_Bible

"...the inhabitants of ancient Israel drank beer, and wines made from fruits other than grapes, and references to these appear in scripture."

I wonder what sect that checker belonged to that didn't even allow her to touch beer in aluminum cans that were wrapped in cardboard.  I think her manager should have given her ONE more chance...maybe talk to her about the difference between touching a package and actually consuming any alcohol (except I've dealt with "managers" who aren't any smarter than their employees).  One chance, and if she still pitched a fit...unemployment.

Same deal for pharmacists who won't dispense prescribed contraceptives.  If they own the drug store, they should put up a large sign that it's against their policy to fill such prescriptions.  If they work for someone else, then they need to look for another job.  Flipping burgers, maybe.

Comment by Chelle Walter on December 19, 2013 at 12:46pm

Agreed - I'm not exactly going to apply for a job at the local christian book store!

Comment by Ficking Chucken on December 15, 2013 at 11:02am

As far as being a conscientious objector it only applied if you were affiliated with a monotheistic religion.  As far as I have read you simply were not moral enough to be a conscientious objecter if you were an atheist and didn't receive the proper peacefull messages downloaded directly into your brain by some sort of cosmological Santa Claus.  Hello, atheist cannon fodder, strap on or face execution!

Comment by jay H on December 11, 2013 at 6:02pm

some places have a sign about where you can check out liquor. In the progressive state of NJ, there is serious concern that even touching an alcoholic beverage package by someone under the calendar age of 21 will cause the universe to implode, or, at least destroy that persons morality, we have people who can't ring you up because of age.

Both the religious and the secular taboo are equally stupid.

Comment by Pat on December 11, 2013 at 3:23pm

The one thing I agreed with former Illinois Governor, now federal inmate, Blagojevich (who's nickname in the Prairie State was a slang term for fellatio), was when he came down against pharmacists who wouldn't fulfill birth control prescriptions. They could either fill them or have their State license  pulled.

I have no problem if someone doesn't want to do a job based upon religious or moral convictions.  Prior to the all volunteer military, there was the draft status of conscientious objector.  And, given the Hippocratic Oath, I can't understand how a doctor can, in good conscience, act as an executioner. But, as I often said referring to a time when the Popes were Italian and I was rebelling against the church, "You no lika da rule, you no playa da game.", 

Comment by Loren Miller on December 11, 2013 at 3:12pm

I feel the same way about this as I do about pharmacists who won't fill prescriptions for birth control pills because of their "religious convictions."  If you can't fulfill ALL the parameters of a given job description because of some belief you hold, I have three words for you, to wit:

FIND ANOTHER JOB!!!

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