Best wishes and thanks for reading,
From a reader re the Globe and Church governance:
Yes, the Globe feels utterly free to editorialize and condemn the alleged failings of the Catholic Church. No women priests!
Trying to get gay priests out of the seminary! How outdated and close-minded! I don't recall ever seeing any Globe editorial condemning Orthodox Jews for not allowing female rabbis, or criticizing Muslims because women can't be imams (let alone pray in the same room). In fact, the one Muslim woman who led prayers a few months ago in New York now walks around with a body guard because her life was threatened. The Globe has never criticized Islam for its beliefs on gays, which is that homosexuality is an abomination, and is punishable under sharia law by beatings and death. Such punishment was and is carried out in several Muslim countries, including Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. The double standard of the Globe is mind-boggling.
Anyway, regarding the bill to protect religious freedom in the workplace. I subscribe to an a-mailing list from CAIR, the Council on American Islamic Relations, and I see almost every week that CAIR either sues or threatens to sue some company for work practices that apparently go against the existing religious freedom in the workplace act. Under this act, companies are being required to allow Muslims to basically practice their faith on company time. Some examples are that some Dell facilities now allows afternoon prayer breaks, even of people on an assembly line, even where Muslims are in the minority. The company wanted the employees to pray on the regularly scheduled afternoon break, but CAIR protested and now the company has to allow the prayer breaks which occur at a different time every day. How efficient is that for an assembly line? There have been quite a few other examples, such as requiring company cafeterias to serve halal food, allowing women to refuse to shake men's hands in positions where they are greeting the public (!!), suing fire departments so male firefighters don't have to shave their beard (even though respirator manufacturers say a beardless and chin is needed to have an effective seal). Perhaps I'm jaded because I'm getting this info from CAIR, but it does sound to me like the Religious Freedom in the Workplace Act is largely used by Muslims, and in ways that strike me as frankly ridiculous and anti-business.
Before there were any changes to this Act, I'd want somebody to look long and hard at what the results have been so far. Who uses this Act, and what have they gained, and what has it cost business?