Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Religious Posters in the Workplace

Through a series of examples, I'm going to examine what Douglas Hicks' model of respectful pluralism looks like in the workplace. Some of these examples are from Hicks' Religion and the Workplace, and some of these are from Ms. Theologian questions. If another situation occurs to you as you read, feel free to post in comments and we can discuss it (or email me at ms dot theologian at gmail dot com)

1. "Trusting in Jesus" displayed poster-size in a cubicle is all right within the model of respectful pluralism, providing that everyone else in the office can display his/her own poster (see point 3 here).

2. "Homosexuals repent" (or "Atheists repent") with or without scriptural reference displayed in a cubicle is not all right within respectful pluralism. In fact, this poster would not be allowed in anywhere in a workplace because it contains a clear condemnation and violates the limited norm of non degradation (see point 4 here).

3. The tasteful Dead Fetus Image in a break room would not be allowed within respectful pluralism because it violates the idea of a voluntary transaction. The break room is a group space used by all employees (in this case I later found out the break room must be passed through to get to the bathroom). Placing a religious image in a group space does not make this a voluntary transaction (see point 2 here).

If you're interested in the topic, you might want to read my other recent related posts including What Are the Moral Features of Respectful Pluralism in the Workplace, Why Can't Religion and Spirituality Just Stay Home, Compartmentalization v. Noncompartmentalization, and What Is Spirituality in the Workplace?

More examples to come....