Who Are The Oppressed?

So, I don’t see a problem with people wearing faith-based necklaces, it’s on their person, it’s their body to wear it, it’s their faith to wear, it’s not harming anyone as far as I can tell and people should be allowed to express their beliefs. In fact, I don’t have a problem with any necklaces or items of clothing that are worn of a person’s free will and are not meant to cause some sort of harm to others (whether harassment, oppression etc). If we are talking about this as part of a working uniform, I think people should be able to wear what they want, but if there’s an enforced dress code then the employee can’t really do much about that.

So there’s this story.

I empathize with the cases involving the necklaces, I really do, and I also understand why they were picked up on, they’re noticeable. I had a bullet necklace for a while and stopped wearing it when someone showed me a bullet hole in their leg they got in the army, after that it ceased to be a nice necklace to me and started reminding me of the pain that guy must have felt. Still, I should have been allowed to wear that anywhere, and although crucifixes only kill people in vampire stories there is a parallel here in that they both illicit strong, emotional reactions to many people (albeit one more than the other).

What I can’t understand are the cases of the two people who believe they have been discriminated against at Christians because they refused to accommodate their jobs to serve gay people. It’s your job to do it, so do it. It really makes my brain hurt that these people can’t see the similarities between people refusing to acknowledge interracial couples in the past and this today, both flavors of the same bigotry, essentially a fear of the unfamiliar. Well, things change, and the ability of gay people to be open about their sexuality is undoubtedly a change for the better.

It’s not discrimination if you’re being penalized for discriminating. This isn’t a plot against Christians who wish to express their religious beliefs throughout their professional lives, this is the world telling you to grow up and realize what century you’re living in.

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2 responses to “Who Are The Oppressed?

  1. Just to clarify.

    The nurse who wanted to wear a necklace was told not to do so for health and safety reasons. Disoriented patients—especially in A & E, where many are drunk, combative, etc—might pull on a necklace, causing injury to the wearer. She was, in fact, told that it would be acceptable for her to wear a cross as a lapel-pin or brooch.

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