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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Christians Gaining Ground At Work

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(Hat Tip: Alpha Patriot, Cross Posted at Blogger News)

(LA Times.com) Pushed primarily by evangelical Christians, faith is finding a growing presence in corporations that for years have been resistant to religious expression, including such giants as AOL Inc., Intel Corp., American Express Co., American Airlines Inc. and Ford Motor Co...

Companies are allowing employees to sing the Lord's praises only according to strict rules — at lunch and on breaks, and only to those who want to listen — to minimize the threat to workplace harmony. Proselytizing, which can be seen as intrusive and a possible violation of harassment laws, is not permitted.

That is great news to hear, especially in an age of tolerance where if one is gay, Muslim, Jewish (in America not Europe), or atheist, special privileges are either awarded or their basic "space" is respected. Generally it is the Christians who get most of the gripe around the world, being declared "intolerant" because of certain viewpoints. Christians, just like any other belief system out there deserve the same respect, rights, etc. that their fellow co-workers enjoy. It is about time that these corporations have decided to recognize them.

Since the 1980s, employers have allowed workers with common interests — including gays and lesbians, military families, and people of shared ethnic backgrounds — to form "diversity groups." Some companies say the policy has helped the bottom line: Recruitment, retention and productivity have improved as employees have begun to feel more connected to the workplace.

So when Christians started asking to be included in the trend, many companies saw it as an extension of an idea that already had served them well. Some offered not only access to corporate facilities, but also budgets that could run into the thousands of dollars.

Unfortunately not all companies have embraced this "new idea" of allowing Christians to assemble in the workplace. Coca-Cola and General Motors Corp. seem to have an "anti-faith" attitude despite the fact that they allow workers to assemble for such things as race, sexual orientation and gender. Despite this, the trend in the corporate world is that people of faith (especially Christians) are "tolerated" as long as they do not publicly evangelize to their co-workers. This means that the religious faithful can once again legally meet at work (or at least meet without the threat of being fired).

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