Religious Harassment?

August 21, 2006 by  
Filed under Christ, Politics, War and Economics

I am a bit disturbed by the expansion of Harassment to include, apparently, the discussion of religion at work. Consider this typical example from training materials at a large U.S. corporation.

Harassment can also be based on religion. Religious harassment is wrong even when the harasser has no ill intent. For example, a person who tries to convert coworkers to a particular religion may be guilty of religious harassment.

Religious harassment can occur between members of different religious faiths, between members of different branches of one religion, between members of the same religion, and between the religious and the nonreligious.

–From training materials produced by LRN.com

While I don’t think anyone should force another religion on anyone, the broad language here is dangerous, since the definition of harassment is largely in the mind of the recipient. A simple declaration of one’s faith at work could be twisted by some as harassment.

I see this type of low-level persecution in the U.S. of Judeo-Christian faith as only growing, unfortunately.

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